• Love Yourself!

  • 16th September 2018
  • Useful tips

  • Being a parent, no matter what age your children are, is almost certainly the most wonderful, demanding, rewarding, frustrating, exciting and exhausting job you will ever have! All of us at some point have worried that we’re not being the ‘best’ parent we could be. Well, good news! Firstly that worry is perfectly normal, and secondly one of the best ways to do something about it, and coincidentally become a better parent at the same time is to show yourself some love. Not only will having regular ‘me time’ help you better navigate life’s daily challenges, you will be setting a great example to your children – that looking after yourself is valuable and important.

    ‘Me time’ doesn’t have to be all about bubble baths and meditation (although these are great options too). Here we’ve listed our five favourite ways to check in (with ourselves), chill out and bring the love.

  • 1. Music
    Put on your favourite album and have a dance around the kitchen or a traffic-jam sing-a-long! Music has been proven to be one of the fastest and most effective ways to boost your mood – you could even set up your own happy play list ready to go any time you need a pick-me-up.

    2. See Your Friends
    … as in actually see them! Go out for a walk, have a cuppa or even try that new pizza place everyone is raving about. One of the biggest reasons for low mood in parents is loneliness so make time to connect with your friends.
    To find out more about how to combat loneliness visit www.redcross.org.uk/lonely

    3. Date Night
    Couples who continue to spend quality time together after children have come along report having happier relationships, feeling more loved and having less conflict. Happy parents equals happy children… (equals happy parents!) so call in a babysitter, or light some candles and have a date night at home!

    4. Have a social media ‘niceness’ blitz
    Instead of spending 20 minutes scrolling through other people’s pictures and comparing yourself, use that time to spread some love. Leave nice comments on friends and families photos, send a message to someone telling them how you admire them, leave a positive review for a local independent business. Kindness spreads kindness and leaves you feeling warm and happy.

    5. Colour
    It’s no longer the case that colouring is just for little children, this mindful activity has well and truly reached the masses – and for good reason. The use of certain colours stimulates our brains to produce serotonin – the happy hormone, while the focused activity helps quieten the ‘chatter’ many of us have going through our minds. You could make colouring a family activity with each of you contributing to a picture together or doing your own pictures perhaps on a common theme. We love these colouring books by Johanna Basford.

     

    We hope you’ve liked these ideas! Comment below to let us know your favourite #metime activities. Or post a picture and remember to tag @mosnox_kids on Instagram! We will feature our favourites on our stories.

  • "Not only will having regular ‘me time’ help you better navigate life’s daily challenges, you will be setting a great example to your children – that looking after yourself is valuable and important."

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