Yes! Parents need self-care! They need to take care of themselves so they can be healthy, do their jobs well and care for the family.
Summer can be a chaotic time for parents, with kids out of school and the weather heating up. It’s easy to lose sight of your own self-care routine as you juggle work, household chores, and keeping your kids entertained. Here are tips on how to avoid the chaos and prioritize self-care during the summer months.
Establish a Routine for Summer
Establishing a routine is key to avoiding chaos during the summer. This includes setting consistent schedule for waking up, eating meals, and going to bed. It’s important to also schedule in time for exercise, relaxation and other self-care activities.
- Write a list of the activities YOU enjoy and that help you relax.
- Each week include 3-5 of these activities in the schedule.
- Make it a priority to engage in these activities.
So as you sign your child up for their summer camps, be sure to include some activities for you as a parent, and put them on the calendar!
Exercise is an important aspect of self-care and helps you manage stress and maintain your physical and mental health. You don’t have to take on a major change in your life, but look for ways to improve the amount of exercise you currently practice.
Make time for exercise by scheduling it into your daily routine. This could include taking a walk or jog early in the morning or participating in an exercise class at your local gym. Find ways to make it social or fun for you.
- Get outside everyday!
- Set weekly goals
- Be realistic
- Don’t get discouraged, every day is a fresh start
Plan for Relaxation
Summer is a great time to unwind and recharge. But it can get so busy that you don’t ever feel relaxed. There are many different ways to relax. Some people need alone time and others love to relax with friends.
What is your favorite way to relax and recharge? Knowing your needs leads you to prioritize them in your schedule.
Plan for relaxation by scheduling time for yourself to read, meditate, or simply sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. You’ll feel more energized and rejuvenated.
Summer schedules may mean that your household is more chaotic and messier! Outsourcing household chores, such as cleaning and laundry, can free up valuable time for self-care activities.
Consider hiring a cleaning service or enlisting the help of a family member or friend to tackle these tasks. Summer is also a great time to train your kids to complete these chores. Take time to show them how to clean and do laundry correctly and remember to praise their efforts along the way.
Connect with Others
Connecting with others makes you feel supported and reduces feelings of isolation. Schedule time to connect with friends and family members, either in person or virtually. It’s amazing how personal connections can brighten your day.
Here’s some ideas:
- Join a local community group
- Start a book club
- Play cards regularly with friends
- Schedule a weekly walking group
- Try a new skill or craft
- Check out local restaurants with friends
Parents need self-care during those long summer months, but it can be challenging to prioritize when juggling multiple responsibilities. Establishing a routine, prioritizing exercise, planning for relaxation, outsourcing chores and connecting with others are all effective ways to avoid chaos and prioritize self-care. Use these tips and you’ll enjoy a more relaxed and fulfilling summer.
Did You Know Parents Need Self-Care?
By Lisa Edwards, M. Ed., Parent Coach