There are tired parents the world over. And whilst there’s a lot to love about being a parent, and you wouldn’t change it for the world, there’s no denying that you do pay in other ways. For one thing, you’re nearly always on the brink of exhaustion. This can impact your life in any number of ways. For example, it can put a strain on your relationships, and just in general make life a little more difficult. It can also make it feel like you’re losing your inner spark. There are, however, ways to help keep the spark alive.
In this blog, we’re going to take a look at some useful tips that will help you feel like you are back to living your best life — and still remaining an awesome parent!
Disclosure: This is a partnered post
#1: SLOW DOWN
To begin with, take a look at slooowwwwinnngg down. It’s easy to get caught in the rush of parenting. There are just so many things to be done! And this can make it feel like you’ve lost your zest for life. But remember that your flame of spirit isn’t out; it’s just flickering in the wind because you’re moving so fast. If you’re able to slow down from time to time, then you’ll see that it becomes stronger. There are many ways to slow down, but the best method is meditation.
#2: KEEP PUSHING YOURSELF TO GROW
It can feel like all your personal challenges are behind you when you’re a parent. But that’s not the case. The majority of your energy will go towards your little ones, but hopefully you can still carve out some time for yourself. You’ll feel the potential of life all the more if you’re continuing to push yourself, in whichever direction you feel is right for you. It could be that you want to work out, or you want to learn a new skill, or anything else. The key is to continue looking forward, rather than believing that your progress is a thing of the past.
#3: DATE NIGHT
Remember those days when you and your partner would spend long nights eating dinner, drinking wine, and getting lost in conversation? Good times. While those days might not be quite as frequent at the moment, it’s not as if you have to put them behind you for good. From time to time, you can seek out a babysitter, and hit the town. You’ll find that getting dressed up, wearing makeup, and spending a few hours having fun with your partner helps to keep the romance alive. Plus, it can feel pretty awesome to leave home knowing that you look fantastic!
#4: SPEND TIME WITH FRIENDS
And what about your friends? They bring out a side of you that no-one else does. When you (and likely they) have children, it can be difficult to spend as much time together as you’d like, but it’s not impossible. If there’s the will, then there’s a way. Try to schedule in a regular get together. Even if it’s just once a month, you’ll find that having fun with your oldest and dearest friends helps you to stay feeling young.
#5: SELF CARE
There is nothing more important than taking a little time out for some self care. Whether that be reading a good book, doing some exercise or treating yourself to a spa day at home. Tired parents everywhere will benefit from a little self love and time out. Besides, happy parents makes for a happy family and home.
To all the tired parents out there – we hear you and we see you! We know it is a tough gig, but it won’t last forever. We hope these few tips will help you to feel a little more energised and back to your wonderful self. Give your kids a big hug but also take some time out for some self care 🙂