As of now, over 2 million people across the world have been diagnosed with Coronavirus. Because of this pandemic, many countries have been placed on lockdown or are under some sort of “stay at home” order. In the UK, people have been stopped from going to public places like parks, and there are rumours that this period of quarantining might last until June. During quarantine, we need to figure out ways to keep busy and most importantly take care of ourselves and the best way to do that is to practice self-care.
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Mums, Stuck at Home? Don’t Forget to Practice Self-Care!
Being in lockdown has caused all of us to change the way we live our daily lives. Many people are working remotely for the first time, parents are trying to help their children with online learning, and feeling as though you can’t leave the house can make anyone go a bit stir-crazy!
But, now more than ever, it’s important to care for yourself. You can’t pour from an empty cup, so while all of your free time might be made up of taking care of your little one(s), you’ll be able to do that much better if you practice self-care each day. How can you do that when you’re stuck inside? Let’s go over a few ideas that can help you to feel rejuvenated and energized.
Declutter and Reorganise
One great way to practice self-care is decluttering and reorganising your home. Now is the perfect time to get rid of the things you don’t need, want, or use. If you’ve been meaning to “purge” some of the excess items in your home for a while, go room by room and decide what you should let go of.
Getting rid of excess stuff in the home can actually help you to feel lighter and more organized. You might find yourself wondering at times how you managed to accumulate so much stuff over the years, so getting rid of things that just aren’t practical for your home can give you a clean slate!
If you want to take it one step further, donate the items you get rid of to a local charity shop or homeless shelter, to give them new life as someone else puts them to good use.
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Getting into the kitchen can actually be very therapeutic, even if you usually don’t cook much for your family (a little like me #sorrynotsorry). If there’s a particular cuisine or dish you enjoy, why not challenge yourself to make it?
You can get the whole family involved and make an event out of the evening. Decorate your dining area, or go all out with Decorate your dining area, or go all out with top quality restaurant tablecloths from Richard Haworth. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by a recipe if you’re not used to cooking. It should be an enjoyable experience, and it can give you the opportunity to challenge yourself and try something new. We’ve been doing sushi nights, Mexican nights, Chinese and Italian nights – our way of reliving the days when we could go out to a restaurant for a meal.
Get Moving as Much as Possible
Exercise is still one of the best ways to boost your energy, feel happier, and stronger. While it can be tempting to binge-watch your favourite television shows when your baby is sleeping, why not get a quick workout in? Exercise is another great way to practice self-care.
Or, if your neighbourhood is quiet and secluded so you can keep your social distance, then get some exercise with your little one by going for a stroll. If you have a smaller baby, you can even do simple exercises like lunges and squats while wearing them. The added weight makes for a great workout, and they’ll think it’s a fun game. Baby M loves it when I carry him in my arms all day so babywearing is good too.
You can find plenty of free workouts online, even on YouTube, to challenge yourself as much as you’d like!
With that being said, it is okay to do nothing from time to time! Everyone relaxes differently, and there’s nothing wrong with finding some time to relax, watch a movie, and eat your favourite snack. A little variety In your daily routine makes sure you stay sane.
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Let Your Creative Side Shine
You don’t have to be an artist to get crafty, either by yourself or with your kids. Finding a creative outlet is a great way to release some mental energy, reduce stress and anxiety, and boost your mood. Draw a picture or paint, or make decorations for the home with your kids. Get your hands messy with the children and work with clay or fingerpaints. Not only will you create little works of art, but you’ll be creating fun memories that will last a lifetime, too.
Take Care Of Yourself So You Can Take Care of Others
I know you want to be the best mother you can be, especially during these strange times. But, don’t forget to make your own wellbeing a priority. By taking the time to take care of your mental and physical health, you’ll be able to do more for your family, be a positive force, and remain sane when it seems like the rest of the world is going crazier each and every day. Practice self-care for your well-being and sanity.
Remember, all of this will eventually pass, so do what you can now to make the most of it, and don’t feel guilty about practising self-care each day and taking some mummy-time for yourself.
What are your go-to self-care activities?
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