While it is not always easy to find the time to take care of yourself, making the effort can help you feel like a better parent, partner and friend. Here are a few tips that might help you refill your tank:
*Enlist a support system: Whether it be your family, friends, a loving caregiver, or a mom/dads group - look for trusted people who can support you. Being able to run errands "kid-free", take a shower without an audience, take a nap or connect with other parents in the same situation can all help refresh your mind, body and spirit.
*Eat well: As busy parents it is so easy to make sure that our children are well fed, but frequently we forget to eat well ourselves. Sometimes we skip meals or grab something quick, but not necessarily healthy, instead of taking the time to properly refuel our bodies. Making sure that you eat well balanced meals and drinking water throughout the day will help give you some of the energy you need to keep up with your little one.
*Find new ways to spend time with your little one: While it can be lovely to spend time with your child at home it can also sometimes be repetitive and/or isolating. A great way to break up the monotony and have fun is to simply go out... going for a walk, going to the park, going to a music class, walking around the mall or going to a friends house can all be enjoyable excursions for both you and your little one.
*Pursue a hobby: I know you may be wondering how it's even possible to pursue a hobby when you have a baby or young child, but finding some time (even a few minutes) every day to do something that you really enjoy can help reduce stress. Reading, exercising, cooking, knitting and listening to music are some common examples, but the possibilities are endless.
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