Healthy Kids, Healthy Parents

As you help your child build healthy habits, now is a perfect time to examine and improve your own lifestyle.  Knowing that your child learns and copies your own actions can serve as great motivation.  Set a good example by making an extra effort to drop your bad habits around your kids.

While time is something that every parent needs more of, there is no excuse for neglecting your own needs.  It is essential that you find time to relax and take care of your own well-being. Eating well and adding a little exercise to your routine will give you more energy and can help clear your head of stress.  You can also try these cheap and easy at-home spa treatments.

Tips for Taking Time to Relax

  • 30 to 45 minutes before your bedtime, stop the chores and unwind. Take a relaxing bath, read a book or watch a TV show. Try to make this a nightly ritual!
  • Remove clutter from your bedroom.  Keep children’s toys and clothes in proper places and not the floor of your room. This will make relaxing in the evening easier.
  • Take a few minutes at any point during the day to head to a quiet spot. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and visualize a comforting place for you.
  • Make a list and prioritize what you need to accomplish.  Start one task at a time and finish it before moving on to a new one.  Praise yourself for completing each one.

How do you squeeze in “me time”? What are some bad habits you have dropped since having children? Please share with us in the comments!