Choosing to be a stay-at-home mum so you can be a more hands-on parent has its ups and downs too, especially for parents who never get a chance to do something for themselves. Imagine attending to household chores 24/7 and not being able to take some time off. But even if you’re mostly indoors and preoccupied, that doesn’t mean self-care should out of the way.
Here are some tips to stay fit and healthy even while looking after your little ones.
Exercise with your children
Who says you can’t exercise indoors? With the help of gym equipment at home and workout videos you can take instructions from, there’s no excuse for you not to sweat it out from the comforts of your own home. Simply lay a mat on the floor and start working out. Invite your kids to join in on the fun by looking for simple exercises they can do with you—in matching gym outfits! If indoor workouts aren’t your type and you need some fresh air, consider getting a bicycle: one for you and one for your child and ride them together around your neighbourhood.
Prepare and eat healthy meals
As queen of the house, you have total control of what your family eats. Try your best to prepare healthy dishes for everyone including yourself. When you go grocery shopping, avoid the temptation of buying too many unhealthy snacks that you end up eating. Always choose the more nutritious options. When you introduce healthy eating to the whole family, you will find it easier to follow suit.
Don’t eat unhealthy food every time you’re bored
Have some downtime while watching TV or a movie? That is not an excuse to binge eat on chips and sweets with your kids. Instead, opt for healthier snacks like fruits or granola bars. You may be spending time working out but if you eat unhealthy food anyway, chances are your efforts will still not help you stay fit.
Do something for yourself once in a while
Staying fit and healthy is all about personal wellness. Take care of yourself by treating yourself once in a while with activities that make you feel good, whether it’s a yoga class, a spa session, or a long hot bath in the evening.
Ask for help
If looking for a time out is close to impossible, consider asking for help from your husband or relatives to take care of the kids even just for 30 minutes to an hour. You can also hire a nanny to help you with household chores so you can take some time off for yourself.
Being too busy at home may sometimes make you forget to drink water. Consume at least eight glasses of water every day and if it will help, keep a reminder when you have to drink one already.