Self-care is vital – especially for adoptive parents and all those caring for children with additional needs – but it needn’t take up lots of time or cash. Here are 10 easy ways to practise self-care and give yourself a dose of TLC. These ideas won’t change the world, but they’ll give you a dose of sanity for half an hour.
1. Do something differently
They say a change is as good as a rest, so just make a little adjustment to your usual routine. Walk a different route home after dropping the children at school. Listen to a new podcast. Surprise yourself. Doing a new thing helps your brain to approach problems from a different perspective and can spark all kinds of new ideas.
2. Play your favourite music
In the house, in the car, on headphones… wherever you can inject a bit of happy. (Dancing is optional.)
3. Make something
A painting, a Lego model, a cake, a hanging basket, a sewing/knitting project – whatever works for you. Creativity is great self-care.
4. Phone a friend
(Or write, if you prefer). Connect with someone else – perhaps another adoptive parent or someone who’s going through a hard time. Encouraging someone else is good for you too.
5. Pick flowers
It’s spring, so they’re everywhere. If you don’t have a garden, head to the woods and find bluebells. If you can’t get out, put a bunch of something on your online grocery shopping order.
6. Let someone else cook
Whether this means letting a family member or friend take over the kitchen, getting a takeaway (or just your favourite microwave meal), or going out to eat, take cooking off your-to-do list for a day (or more).
7. Go to bed an hour earlier
Catch up on sleep, and you’ll feel better for it tomorrow. The washing-up can wait.
8. Watch/listen to a comedy programme
Take your mind off things and laugh for a while.
9. Hide in the bathroom
Read in the bath or sing in the shower – whatever works for you. Lock the door and take some time for yourself.
10. Plan a surprise for someone
Guaranteed to give you as much fun and excitement in the organising as it does the recipient.
try all 10 and win!
Which of these 10 easy ways to practise self-care can you fit in to your schedule this week? Let me know on Twitter using #selfcare10 and tagging @hlmeadows. There’s a £10 Starbucks card for the first person to send me evidence that they’ve tried all ten. [Edit: This has now been won. Congratulations to AdoptionAdventures!]
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