It’s a joy being a parent, but everyone needs a little time off once in a while. We know it can be hard to find the time to relax and think about yourself, but it’s important for your mental health, your relationship and your children, that you take time off to unwind from the many stresses of the world.
How to tackle your to-do list.. and still have some 'me' time!
As all parents are probably aware, there is never enough time in the day to complete the errands that need running. When you have children, the simplest of tasks can take forever. Popping to the post office? It used to be a 10-minute job, now it takes twice as long just to get the family out of the house…
As a day only has 24 hours, we somehow have to manage to find the time to complete all of our daily tasks (and not worry too much about the ones that we miss), all while still finding some time to relax and focus on ourselves. Is it possible you ask?
Yes! Here at Metanium HQ we have comprised a list of 5 simple tips on how to feel less stressed and more like yourself.
Look for shortcuts...
Ask yourself how you could make the little things easier and once you’ve figured that out, you’ll be surprised how much time you save. For example, you can get apps to pay for your petrol without leaving the car, which means a ’no fuss’ stop at a petrol station. Consider other simple solutions, such as buying nappies in bulk, or buying necessities online to save you time and effort from going to the shops. Perhaps you can look for a local milkman or buy washable crayons for drawing to minimise the clean-up time. These little things can make a world of difference! It’s important to remember that all parents get stressed sometimes - it’s completely normal! For the times when things get a little bit too much, have a look at our everyday advice article on patience. It’s also worth checking out the Metanium Facebook and Instagram page for more helpful hacks and tips from parents who know what it’s really like to raise a family.
Learn how to –literally- smash healthy foods!
As tricky as it is to juggle all of your daily tasks, meal times are a whole different story when it comes to challenges – especially if you want to prepare healthy and nutritious meals for your little one. One of our Metanium Mums recommended cooking double the amount to keep in the freezer for future emergencies. You could even blitz your little one’s favourite food in a blender and store it in ice cube trays, ready to defrost as needed.
Try to make mealtimes more fun - for both of you!
Fed up of battling with your little one to eat their veggies? Is it making dinner time stressful? Here at Metanium HQ, we understand how tricky mealtimes can be but a positive way to encourage healthy eating is by making mealtimes more exciting and more fun for your little one! Why not try adding a selection of different sauces to your meals? Toddlers will enjoy playing with their food by dipping their vegetables into hummus, tomato sauce or cream cheese! Also, why not try purchasing baby sized veg or chopping your baby’s food into quirky shapes or smaller pieces so that it matches the size of their plate? Doing so will make the food seem less overwhelming. And we all know that a happy child equals a happy parent!
Give them tasks and prioritise yours too
It can be hard to put tasks into a clear order of importance when you have to juggle so many different jobs. However, start by giving your little one tasks, such as putting their toys away, hanging their coat or helping put the groceries in the right place. Why not make the tasks into a game? For example, try setting a timer and challenge your toddler to put as many toys into the box as they can before the timer goes off?
At the same time, if you are struggling to get through your to-do list, try picking which 2 tasks are the most important ones for you and start with those and if you don’t manage to get absolutely everything done, that’s okay! They can wait till another day!
Take some time for yourself (you deserve it!)
It’s a joy being a parent, but everyone needs a little time off once in a while. We know it can be hard to find the time to relax and think about yourself, but it’s important for your mental health, your relationship and your children, that you take time off to unwind from the many stresses of the world. If you can, drop your little ones off at a friend’s house or at the grandparents (which they will love too!) and take some time off to spend only on yourself - you’re doing a great job and you deserve it.
Let us know if you found these steps helpful or if you have any more tips that you’d like to share with our community on keeping stress levels down! Feel free to get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!