Some parents feel guilty if they purposefully take time away from their kids to pursue their own interests. On the other hand, turning yourself down from these opportunities may mean you have less and less to give of yourself to your kids. Mothers who make time to pursue relaxing activities and/or favorite hobbies not only feel happier day to day, but their kids feel it too! It has a calming effect on your children and also provides you with more energy to tend to daily tasks. You need time to re-energize from the world’s hardest but most rewarding job! Here are some pointers for getting started. Please add a comment below if you have your own great idea to add!
How To Care For Yourself When You Have Children:
- Seek out hobbies that “feed your soul”
- Revisit your old childhood hobbies and passions
- Wake up earlier or go to bed later than your family for alone time
- Take bubble baths or extra long showers
- Trade massages with your partner (or go professional)
- Take long walks (alone or with a companion)
- Call at least one friend per week
- Organize “Moms only” nights with friends
- Date night with your partner
- Eat healthy and exercise
- Write in a journal
- Practice meditation and mindfulness
*Kvols, K.J. (1998). Redirecting children’s behavior. Seattle, Washington: Parenting Press, Inc. a
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