Being a parent can be one of the most stressful jobs there is. Having to take care of little people is a lot harder than it looks, and you might actually find yourself feeling stressed and on edge a lot of the time. Letting off steam as a parent is absolutely essential. It’ll stop you from experiencing ‘burn out’ and you’ll be better equipped to dealing with whatever your kids throw at you. When you don’t take time to de-stress and enjoy yourself, you’ll be more highly strung and you might just find yourself losing your rag with your kids more often. Taking care of yourself means staying more emotionally grounded and feeling better able to deal with situations without completely losing it.
Below, you’ll find a few ideas that could potentially help you to let off steam. Take a look!
Find A Sitter
There is no shame in finding a sitter so that you and your partner can spend some time together – or even so you can spend some time alone. Of course you should make sure you choose somebody you trust, but once you know you have that, you can relax. A sitter gives you the chance to go on a date and spend some one on one time together without having to worry. Even if you stay in the house, cook a meal and watch a movie, you’ll feel so much better and closer to your partner – or closer to yourself.
Take A Nap
Many parents are running on fumes, and what they really need is a good night’s rest. Even if you’re not planning on going anywhere special, getting a sitter so that you can sleep in for a while could be a good idea. Alternatively, take a nap when you have the opportunity. You probably avoid naps as you know you have chores to do, but they can wait. You’ll feel so much better when you catch up on sleep, and better able to make decisions.
Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and enjoy some happy hormones! You could go for a run and pound the payments, or if you really need to let off steam, you could go to a self defence class. Alternatively, you could learn a skill like dancing with somebody like Arthur Murray, getting both exercise and learning something new at the same time. If you can do this while the kids are at school, on a playdate, or with a sitter, you and your partner can use it as a great opportunity to bond while simultaneously taking care of your physical/mental health.
Spend Time On A Hobby
Time spent on a hobby is not wasted. It’s enjoyable, can help you to relieve stress, and can definitely be classed as self care. Whether it’s painting, reading, writing, or going to some kind of class, carve out the time for it. You and your hobbies are important too, and this can actually set a great example to your kids.
Most importantly, don’t feel guilty. You’re doing a wonderful job & deserve a break!!.