Self Care is Better Together
Simple self-care activities to do with your kids
April is stress awareness month — and nothing is quite as stressful as those early days of parenthood. And, as a new mom, there is a lot of emphasis on managing that stress, taking care of yourself, and making sure your mental health is in good shape. Some days, this may actually feel impossible most days. It’s so easy to let your little ones dictate the day. Before you know it, ‘self-care’ means taking a shower before noon or running to the grocery store. But we can do better than that! Self-care means something different for everyone, but we think a great place to start is with the kids.
Instead of waiting for them to have a weekend at Grandma’s or an occasional long nap, get them involved at a young age to create a healthy habit! Seeing mom do these things — or better yet, getting involved — is a wonderful way to create a positive relationship with mental health. Here are a handful of our favorite family-friendly self-care activities to get started with today!
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times: exercise is crucial for your mental health. Pop on a workout video and you’ll be shocked at how quickly your kids join in! Not into working out? Play some music and break a sweat with a dance! Don’t have a walker just yet? Search YouTube for gentle baby and me yoga to stretch and breathe alongside baby.
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Get in the kitchen
Cooking a healthy meal with fresh food is a great way to slow down and connect back to yourself. I know what you’re thinking: cooking with a toddler sounds like a potential nightmare. I promise there are ways to make it manageable. Give them small tasks like dumping ingredients from measuring cups into a bowl or pressing the button to start your blender for a smoothie. Older kids can help by peeling vegetables or using a spoon to mix ingredients together.
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Using apps like Calm or Headspace is a great introduction to meditation — they even have specific meditations geared toward children. Not interested in paying for an app? YouTube has some wonderful guided meditations as well! Creating a relaxing space for quiet time has proven benefits for children, including improved sleep, increased focus, prolonged attention span, and reduced stress and anxiety — and everyone could use that!
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Make the most of bathtime
Okay — you probably want to have some alone time while you bathe, which is fair enough. However, bathtime is the perfect place to teach your littles to treat themselves occasionally with bubble bath or a special bath toy. For the mama, a hot bath with some decadent products can help ease your stress any time of day.
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Spend time outside
Exposure to nature is a fantastic mood booster. My toddler could be in the middle of a meltdown, but the mention of going outside does the trick (nearly) every time. Movement, sun, and fresh air — going outside is the self-care jackpot. Try outdoor activities together like going for a walk around the block, starting a small garden, or a simple picnic. Even just sitting outdoors together on a blanket with a book or some simple toys is perfect.
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By starting these small habits together — whether every day or once a week — you’re setting yourself and your family up for improved mental health. Self-care will become a routine activity, just like brushing your teeth or washing the dishes. In time, the children will be more understanding when you need a ‘mommy minute’ and some time to meditate. And who knows, they may even join you!