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10 easy self-care ideas for busy parents

Nov. 26, 2018

10 easy self-care ideas for busy parents

Got a minute? If you’re a parent, probably not. Raising kids is a full-time job, but if you spare some seconds for these quick self-care tips, you’ll see a big difference in your day.

1. Find time for your tub.
Warm water has a knack for relieving body tension and soothing muscle fatigue. So whether you maximize your morning shower or take a pre-bed bath, don’t underestimate the benefits of a good soak.

2. Clean out your social media accounts.
From rude exchanges to clashes over politics, social media can be stressful. Clearing out irrelevant or toxic connections on your social media accounts can be liberating — and save you frustration later on.

3. Take a walk.
Even if it’s a quick trip around the block, walking gets your heart rate pumping — while time in the sun gives you a boost of vitamin D. Bonus points for going barefoot, as removing shoes can help you reconnect with the earth.

4. Invest in a subscription box.
From makeup to healthy snacks, there’s a subscription box for just about anything these days. Signing up will deliver a present to your doorstep once a month — allowing you to indulge in a sampling of your favorite things.

5. Schedule a year’s worth of appointments.
Your gynecologist. Your dermatologist. Your dentist. Get them on the books for the year to come. Having set dates will help you feel accomplished, stick to your schedule and best yet, ensure you’re on track with your health.

6. Stay hydrated.
Water is your body’s lifeline, and ensuring you’re drinking enough of it improves everything from digestion to concentration. Take water breaks, even when you feel you don’t need them. And if water’s too boring, try these tricks to spice it up.

7. Stop and smell the flowers.
Or at least, look at them. Even the smallest bouquets can have the biggest impact on your mental health. Surrounding yourself with light- or bright-colored flowers can promote relaxation, while floral scents can put you in a good mood and make you feel less anxious.

8. Get cozy with a good book — while cleaning.
Don’t have time to keep up with the latest reads? Buy a good set of headphones and an audiobook. You can sneak in reading while out running errands or doing chores at home.

9. Roll out your mat for express yoga.
When life gets busy, committing to a full yoga class can seem impossible. If time is limited, try picking three poses that you can do on the fly. You could even skip the mat and flow through these simple chair poses.

10. Remember to breathe.
It seems so easy, but the simple act of breathing can help quiet your mind and reset your day. Take it a step further by practicing sitting mindfulness meditation, where you focus on your breath for a set time.

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