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Being a parent during these hard times is a unique experience. Of course, it is paramount to look after yourself, but you are also responsible for the safety and wellbeing of your whole family. And while it has always been extremely important to look after your health, it has never been as crucial as it is today, amidst a global pandemic. So, your choices count, and thinking your routine through again can be one of the few ways to make sure that you and your whole family can thrive through the months ahead and come out of it stronger than ever! Here are some routine implementations that can offer you inspirations to craft a better daily plan for you and your little ones!
Implement Mindful Practices in Your Routine
Mindfulness and practices such as meditation and yoga are crucial for your overall wellbeing. Meditation has been seen to be extremely powerful when it comes down to find a way to fight and keep at bay stress and anxiety.
And, of course, having a clear-thinking mind is the first step to understanding how to create a better routine plan. Indeed, cutting out the daily stress and getting away from the fast-paced rhythm you have gotten into after many years is the best way to obtain an alternative outlook. You can do so through a healthy morning yoga practice and meditation!
Turn Your Diet Around
What we want is extremely crucial and influential for our health. Of course, it is not only your diet that counts, but one of the whole family. Fresh and seasonal fruit and vegetables are a precious source of vitamins, minerals, and other essential compounds that can help you feel healthy and energized. Additionally, natural foods that are not refined or processed can help you find your shape again, which can help you fight back problems related to the cardiovascular system.
If you have not yet found a diet or nutritional regime that is suited for your needs, this is the perfect time to try! For example, plant-based diets have been seen to be extremely helpful in helping you control weight while supplying you and your little ones with all the nutrients needed for healthy living. Since now you have more time to experiment with different ingredients and try out new recipes, why not test a new lifestyle!
Find the Support You Need
Sometimes, you might just need to find external support that can help you cope with the many responsibilities you have to tend to every day. Even the most organized of parents have been taken by surprise when schools closed, and they had to work from home. Reinstating a healthy balance is also not so easy!
However, sometimes, you and your family might need to get a little help that can help you cope with the present situation. For example, drop-in daycare services can help you find some time for yourself to reorganize the house or even read another chapter of the book you have just picked up. In any case, if you feel like you need to regain your balance, these services might come in your help!
Enjoy Quality Time With Your Family
Lockdowns, social distancing measures, and travel restrictions have undoubtedly been badly affecting the economy. And, of course, with it, it is normal to feel overwhelmed and scared for the future. However, there have also been some positives if one wishes to see them.
Indeed, the lockdowns have given us the chance to cut down on committing time, which, in turn, has helped us focus on those projects we had in mind for a while. Another benefit of the moment we live in is the fact that we can spend more time with our loved ones.
So, instead of making today another day of arguments because everybody in the family has too much to do, turn it into a fun garden party or board game night! There are many activities that can help you enjoy more your time with your little ones, as well as keeping them entertained!
… but Also Some for Yourself
While creating quality time with your family is beautiful, don’t underestimate the importance of carving an hour or two to look after your own wellbeing. Whether you decide to gift yourself with an at-home spa day, or you just want to go for a walk and breath in some fresh air, make sure you can get this time for yourself. In just a few hours, you can feel energized and get your mind to be clear and sharp again. Don’t be afraid to take breaks and time-outs!
Exercise is crucial to improve the functioning of our immune system, and it can help us feel happier and more energized. In the same way that you enjoy your morning run, you should encourage your little ones to exercise and stay active. You can do so by jumping on a yoga mat together and picking a kid-friendly class. Or you might decide to go for a walk together. Even better, you might transform your garden into an open-air gym that is suitable for everybody. This can also give you the chance to spend quality time together while doing something great for the body and mind.
Think About Homeschooling Ideas
Even if you don’t always like to homeschool, during these times, you might need to close the gap that your little ones might be experiencing. Of course, online learning and teaching is an extremely effective way to continue your children’s education in a completely safe setting. But, you need to ensure that what they are learning is fun and entertaining – which will be your job! Learning more about homeschooling and teaching can give you some ideas on how to keep your kids motivated.
Use Healthy Technology to Keep Your Little Ones Entertained
Technology does not always have to be an enemy. Indeed, if used right, you can leverage virtual museums and safari tours for your little ones to enjoy an amazing day in an exotic destination. Most of these are free, and they can be accessed from the comfort (and safety) of your home, so your little ones can virtually climb mountains, swim with dolphins, or just experience other cultures.