Your little one may be keeping your hands full at the moment but one day, you might just manage to grab some downtime. Take this time to get out and about, give yourself a much-needed break, or push the boundaries and challenge yourself to try something new. Give your confidence a little pick me up with these tips and tricks.
Learn something new
Now we don’t mean learn how to tightrope walk because that’s going to take quite some time, but with a little help from your friends, you can still pick up a skill or two in your free time. Why not invite another parent round for a playdate and teach each other a new skill? You could even set up a Facebook group and ask parents for their specialist subjects, from drawing and painting to fixing a tap or even setting up your own business. If you have a bit more time to spare, you could also visit a website like Hotcourses.com to see what you could learn online.
Getting out and about and exercising is a great way to generate feel-good chemicals and tone up. Experts recommend at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week, of moderate to vigorous exercise [hyperlink to NHS if you can find the correct article – need to back up who these experts are with a hyperlink. Tweak fact and find new source if needs be]. Head for a walk with some friends, get exploring on a bike ride or book yourself into a fitness class; it’s a great way to get moving and have fun.
Make some me-time
This one may be the easiest to put in motion, but no doubt it’s the one that often gets overlooked. Have the night off to look after and reward yourself. Treat yourself to a pampering gift set and a candlelit bubble bath, followed by an evening watching your favourite feel good film. Sit back and relax before it starts all over again. If you have a partner, you’ll hopefully be starting to spend more time together as your child gets older, but every now and again it’s good to have a ‘date night’ that’s just for you!
Lend a helping hand
If you want to make sure your time is as productive as possible, why not give it to someone else? Whether it’s offering to help an elderly neighbour with their shopping or assisting at an after school club, helping others can be hugely rewarding – and it’ll remind you that you’re useful for more than just your (ace) parenting skills. You’ll get to spend time with new people and get involved in the local community too, which will benefit your whole family as your local support network grows.
Give the new you a new look
We’re not suggesting you do anything too drastic (unless you want to of course), but just dedicating a bit of time to yourself could have you looking and feeling more confident in no time. A quick touch of lipstick, a splash of nail varnish or some BB cream can work wonders after all those sleepless nights – try these quick and easy make-up tips here.
You don’t need to set your sights as high as climbing Everest, but there are plenty of everyday challenges to keep you occupied. From decorating your toddler’s bedroom to baking and icing a birthday cake, make the challenges manageable for you. Put together a checklist of what you want to achieve and tick them off one by one.