3 Hacks for Parents Who Are Tight for Time

(Collaborate post by another author)

Time – a valuable resource, and yet none of us working parents ever have enough of it! 

Between juggling the school run, your children’s hobbies, cooking, cleaning, helping with homework, conquering the school run, your task list starts to feel insurmountable. 

But as a parent, making time for yourself is generally the least of your priorities. When this becomes the case, our self-care routines start to slip and we lose sight of the importance of looking after ourselves. 

We hope these three tips give you a little inspiration to make the most of every minute of the day, and put yourself first every once in a while – even if it’s just an hour a week. 

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1) Learn a new skill

Lots of young people have ditched their phones and picked up the knitting needles. Why I hear you ask? They’ve been inspired by Olympic gold medalist Tom Daley’s woollen efforts over on Instagram. Daley picked up the hobby as a way to manage performance related nerves and stress – something many parents may just be able to learn from! 

Follow his lead and dedicate just a little time in your week to mastering a new skill you’ve always wanted to learn. There’s something out there for everyone! Always wanted to learn a musical instrument? The ukulele is one of the easiest to learn! Alternatively, why not master the moon walk or practice taking the perfect photograph? 

If none of those float your boat, why not try an online degree with ARU? Distance learning can boost your CV and help channel your passions no matter what they could be, and with a wide range of courses, you’re bound to find something  for you! Online learning is perfect for busy parents as it can all be done in your own time. Set your own schedule and invest in yourself and your future..

2) Pamper yourself

Treating yourself to a pamper doesn’t need to take hours out of your day. Bathe in blissful bubbles and wash the stresses of busy family life away. Pampering yourself and taking time for mental wellness isn’t a luxury, but a necessity! 

Lower your stress levels and unwind, whether it’s in a hot bubble bath, or with a playlist of relaxation anthems, and take time for yourself. It feels impossible to do when you’re stretched in every direction, but you’ll be surprised at the difference a well-deserved break can make.

3) Mindfulness

Caring for yourself and your mental health is vital. So send the toxic stress packing and get your mindfulness on. 

Mindfulness is proven to lower stress, improve your mood, boost your memory, reduce stress (crucial when dealing with your loveable pests) among so much more. It’s a no-brainer! 

Try downloading the headspace app and incorporating 20 minutes of their world class mindfulness techniques into your every day routine. 

These are just three tips for parents who need a break but are tight for time. 

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