Virtual schooling is in full effect. I don’t know about you, but the school year meant a few days a week of silence and self-care time for me. This year, I, just like many other parents, will hear chatter happening and a kid wanting to know what’s for lunch or when they can log off.
But I’m determined NOT to allow myself to forget about a little self-care for me. And I want you to ensure you do the same.
Here are a few tips for self-care during virtual schooling:
Sleep. Make sure you go to bed at a decent time every night. Rest is important for your mind, body, and soul.
Get dressed a couple of days a week. Yes. I said it. Put on a cute top and bottoms a couple of days a week. Do your hair. Then take a look in the mirror and tell yourself, “DARN! I look good!” When you get dressed, it can brighten the day. And oh…there’s nothing wrong with complimenting yourself.
Put yourself on your calendar. Yep! I know you have your child’s classes written on your calendar. Why not include yourself? Put your name down and block off some time one evening a week to do something you enjoy or watch your favorite show. Maybe go out to dinner with your spouse. Remember….social distance, though.
Take a lunch break. I don’t know how many times I hear parents say they forget to eat. Hey! You’re making lunch for your child. Pause and enjoy lunch yourself. Food fuels your mind and body. My kids are older, and yes, they can make their own lunch. BUT I’m taking lunch with them. This will ensure I’m taking a break from my job each day: time to refuel and time to step away to clear my mind.
Go outside. A stroll around the block is a great way to clear your mind.
Don’t hover. Standing over your child as they do schooling not only adds extra anxiety to your child, but it increases your anxiety as well. Step away. Go read a book, throw a load of laundry in, watch T.V. Let your child ask you for assistance if needed.
Set alarms on your phone. We always have our phones nearby. Set a few alarms each day as a reminder. Mark them as self-care time.
Join a virtual workout session. Find yourself a virtual workout class. Yoga is a great way to destress. Meetup with friends online to do a workout together or to chat.
Self-care doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. It doesn’t have to be a full body massage or a weekend getaway to the mountains or beach.
Self-care can be as simple as you enjoying time out on your patio or porch. A stroll around the block or watching your favorite show.
Just because the kids are home all day, it doesn’t mean you need to forget about your well being. Carve out a little time for you a few days a week.