Guest Post Written By Mianna Corben
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How to Stay Healthy as a Parent
It goes without saying that parenting is one of the best life perks that exist in this world. However, it comes with many pros and cons, and it certainly brings a lot of challenges for the parents. There is constant daily stress and commotion, inevitable worries, sleepless nights and that feeling of the agony of whether things will be the same again. All those things are quite normal, and even if trying to focus on your health sounds easier said than done, here are few tips on how to balance your parenting life and stay healthy.
Relieve yourself from Stress
Stress is usually triggered by lack of sleep, tiredness, work-related issues and coping with a hectic lifestyle. The sooner you identify your stress symptoms, the faster you’ll be able to eliminate them. You might not be aware of it, but stress can leave long-term effects, so the first thing you should do is try to sleep at least 7 hours. Secondly, do whatever is necessary to relieve your stress, play your favorite music album, stroll along the park, read a good book, go for a glass of wine with your girlfriends, or watch a relaxing romantic comedy. Also, try implementing nutritious vitamins and magnesium into your diet, and in no time you would start feeling like your old self.
Seek Opportunities for Fun
No matter if you are a new parent or a mother of three, everybody needs “me” time and especially time to completely alter their daily routine. After a long and tiring day, it is of utmost importance to dedicate some time entirely to ourselves and, of course, have some fun. You can go for a spa day and indulge yourself with a tranquilizing massage, rent a cabin in the woods with your friends and go for a wine tasting tour, or just go clubbing for a change (it is okay to do this sometimes). If you are not up for all of that due to your obligations, there are many entertaining things that you and your kid can do together. Join some crafts club, go cycling together, play engaging board games, and many more.
All the chaos of being a parent can lead to irregular sleep and having irregular sleep lead to parents having little or almost no time for a proper breakfast. Even though we might think that skipping breakfast or any other meal might be a good thing for our figure, it actually has the opposite effect. Lack of energy and fatigue are one of them, so even if you are extremely busy there are still ways to prepare your meals quickly and kick start your day. Start your day by making nutritious oath meals, make tasty shakes with protein or healthy smoothies that would certainly lift your stamina and boost your energy. Eating small portions of food are also recommended, but whatever your choice will be, don’t sacrifice your energy by not eating regularly.
Making Time for Fitness
Children will undoubtedly alter our lives and routines, but that doesn’t have to mean that you should stop doing things that you used to. Exercise tends to be pushed aside when you become an engaging parent, but you still need to recharge and de-stress and release some endorphins. Therefore,you should make time for some fitness.
When the baby naps, for instance, you can do 30 minutes yoga or pilates. You can also go for a morning stroll with your baby, or take your kids for a bike ride. Another idea is to a least once a week, request a family member to babysit so you can go for a quick run or hit the gym like a boss mom you certainly are. Or find a gym that has childcare available. Being active during the day will fill you up with positive energy and above all help you remain healthy and reach your fitness goals.
Balance your lifestyle
If there is no need to over-schedule yourself with duties and responsibilities, then just don’t! Some experts claim that too many extra curricular activities can absolutely ruin your health. You should always strive to organize your daily schedule meticulously and delegate your responsibilities to your partner, too. Why not take a break from it all and go on a holiday? There is no greater feeling than thoroughly loosening your nerves with a perfect weekend getaway. You would feel more content and relaxed and above all, spend some quality time with your family.
Every balanced lifestyle includes doing some physical activity, so you can implement hiking and backpacking during your holiday as well. If you can’t make time for a holiday, try taking a few minutes at the end of the day to do some calming meditation at home in order to lift your spirits and prepare yourself for the new challenges.
Life with children doesn’t have to be a hard one. At the end of the day, eating regularly, having a good physical and mental strength, staying energized and healthy will enable you to be the kind of parent that you wish to be.