August is wellness month and more specifically the 15th August is national relaxation day so get ready for some pampering. This goes for absolutely everyone, but we know that as parents we really need some wellness and relaxation. As parents we spend our time looking after others, but wellness month is the perfect chance to spend some well needed relaxation time on ourselves. There are specific things you can do for that ultimate relaxation and some tips for ensuring we are taking the best care of ourselves all the time.
Pretty much the number one wellness goal is to stay hydrated, drinking enough water is essential to overall health. On average you should aim to drink 3 litres of water a day at least. Water is essential for a number of things, and most importantly will prevent dehydration.
Getting more Exercise
Getting more exercise is a great way to not only keep your body healthy but also keep your mind healthy. Exercise is a great way to destress and take your mind off the day. On top of that getting a good amount of exercise each day can help to promote a better night’s sleep and we all know how beneficial that is.
Take a Bath
It can be hard to get a moment to yourself when you’re a parent but locking yourself in the bathroom in a relaxing bath is the perfect chance to recharge and unwind. Having a warm bath can help soothe muscles and help you relax. Add some lavender bath salts to amp up the relaxation and even take a good book to read.
This can go hand in hand with exercise but can also be done morning or night as you please. Stretching is a good way to take some time for yourself, focus on breathing and even meditating. You can attempt some yoga poses if you want to relax even further but in general just taking 10 minutes to stretch each part of your body can be really beneficial for your mind and body.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Eating well is not only good for your body but also good for your mind and overall wellbeing. Getting the right nutrients is essential for making sure you’re able to be at your best every day. Your energy comes from your food, and whilst sugars give you instant energy, you’ll find you have a whole lot more of it if you’re eating all the right things.
Get Enough Sleep
This can be tricky as a parent, especially a new parent! But sleep is extremely important to health. It has a direct impact on mood, concentration, productivity and motivation. Take any opportunity to catch up on needed sleep, but the most important thing is to try make the sleep you do get, quality. Remove distractions from your bedroom and dedicate time to purely sleeping.
Sometimes you just need to take some time out for yourself, this can be especially true if you’re a parent as you’ll know you spend the majority of your time running around after other people. Why not treat yourself to a spa day or massage; take some time out to rejuvenate and relax; you deserve it!