Making Time for Yourself While Caring for a Toddler
Move Your Body
One of the simplest ways how to be more active and recharge your batteries is by going for a walk. If it’s possible - set up an alarm earlier, get dressed and just go outside for a walk as long as you can. Going for a walk even for 15 minutes a day will have effects on your mood – it will increase your mood making you happier and healthier and decrease symptoms of depression.
If you're not a fan of talking a talk, and you prefer more active ways of moving your body maybe you could try exercising. Exercise is a great way to get rid of daily stress and getting your body in shape again. No matter what kind of exercise you're into – aerobics, yoga or going to the gym, make sure you find time for yourself at least twice a week. If you have enough space at your home, maybe you could build your own, small gym. Make sure you find the right equipment – medicine ball, battle rope or any kind of quality exercise bikes that will help you increase general fitness or lose weight.
The best part when practising yoga is that you can exercise with your toddler. You don’t have to wait to get some free time - take your baby, lay it down next to you and start with some simple yoga poses. This way you’ll get a chance to treat yourself with some exercises while spending time with your kid.
Food gives you energy and it fuels your body. For those reasons, it’s important to eat high-quality ingredients and meals. In order to have enough energy and strength to take care of your toddler, you’ll have to nourish your body with proper food. Cooking and preparing meals is quite difficult if you're a mother. It takes quite a time to prepare a proper meal, but luckily, it seems that the world understands that because nowadays there are different delivery services available no matter where you live - Europe, Asia, USA, Australia or anywhere else. Most countries have delicious and healthy meals that you can order online and it will be delivered to you. This way you can save up some time for other important things you have to do while enjoying your meal.
One of the ways to get some extra time for yourself and your needs is by hiring a babysitter or asking a family member to step in and help. You can use this free time whichever way you prefer. You don't necessarily have to leave the house when the help arrives. You can use this free space and time to treat yourself with a good book, a new movie, a nap or a fresh shower. Even if it's an hour worth of help, it's still priceless because this way you'll use the time for yourself to get rid of stress and prepare yourself for the next round of breastfeeding, changing diapers and putting your kid to sleep.
Meditation is a great tool that can help you wipe away daily stress that can disrupt your inner peace. No matter how long you meditate, if it's for an hour or a 10-minute meditation, you'll definitely feel its effect and end up feeling like a brand new person. For those who haven't tried meditating before and they're new at this, guided meditation would be the best option. Luckily for you, there are various apps, tutorials, audio files and websites that can help you and guide you through meditation. There are also lots of breathing exercises and techniques that you might find useful and which can quickly help you reduce your anxiety and stress. It’s fascinating what a few deep breaths can do to your mind and body. The advantage of using these techniques is that you can get your child involved and show him or her a lifelong skill.
Being a parent is a lifelong job that sometimes, can be stressful and overwhelming. To avoid that and to have enough strength to face all the challenges when raising a toddler, you also need to remember to take care of yourself. A lack of self-care can make you feel stress out which makes it harder to be a patient and an empathetic mother and parent. That's why taking care of yourself and your needs – physical, psychological, or social is important because this will help you to feel more content and a better parent.