1. Make Your Workout Fun
As a busy entrepreneur, it’s more important than ever that you make time to work out even when you do not feel like it. Working from home, you may find that you’re sitting for more extended periods and using up a lot less energy than required. Exercising makes you feel good about yourself and supports a healthy immune system. It can burn away stress by taking your mind off of your to-do list and it releases endorphins, aka feel-good hormones. If you haven’t found a form of exercise that you enjoy doing, keep looking! You can begin by doing the walk at-home exercises, yoga at home, or this fun cardio workout, swimming, or walking with your dog. Whatever exercise makes you smile, do that!
2. Try Time Blocking Your Day
When you’ve got one of those to-do lists that always has more tasks than are humanly possible to accomplish in one day, it’s important to time block to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Time blocking involves sitting down at the beginning of each week and scheduling out the activities you have to do into specific hourly times. You should also time block in things like spending time with your kids, mealtimes, bedtime and relaxation. Putting your kids to bed early will curb out enough me-time at the end of the day. When the time comes, make sure you stick to the allotted period for each activity and don’t cut out the time for yourself. To avoid burnout, you have to find balance in your life!
3. Schedule in Time with Friends & Family
Feel like you haven’t had a night out with friends in a long time? We hear you. While you don’t feel like you have time to chill out due to the pandemic, spending time with friends is important for mental health. Friends are a great support system for parents, especially when your friend or a family member has gone through similar experiences and know what you are dealing with. To make sure you make time for friends, schedule in friend time once a week where possible. Whether it’s a virtual or in-person meetup, make sure you’re there!
4. Make the Bedroom a Tech-Free Zone
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning and the last thing you do before your head hits the pillow? If the answer is “check my phone or emails,” it’s time to make a change. For a week, try leaving all technology outside your bedroom and do things like reading or meditating before bed and when you first wake up. We bet you’ll feel calmer after a week without tech in your room. Plus, without exposure to blue light before bed, you’ll probably fall asleep sooner and sleep better.
5. Meal Prep
When you’re a busy parent, it’s really hard to make healthy choices when it comes to mealtime. It’s not that you don’t want to eat well, it’s that you don’t have time to cook and the choices for fast food are unlimited. The easiest way to eat well and save money is to meal prep at the beginning of each week. Every Saturday, sit down and make a list of all the meals you plan to eat for the week as well as meals for your kids. Go grocery shopping on Sunday and use an hour or two to meal prep. Make simple dishes like homemade chicken noodle soup, and pasta ahead and pop them in the freezer so you’ll have those already made for dinner later in the week. In short, plan ahead, try to do things you love, and eat healthy foods that make you happy. Take time to treat yourself at least once a week, whether that’s with a massage or buying yourself a nice gift or flowers. Finally, give yourself a pat on the back. You’re doing an amazing job as a parent!
How are you practising self-care during this period? Please share your tips in the comment section below