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  • Catherine Smith

How to Prioritise Your Health as a Busy Parent

Updated: Feb 15

As a busy parent, it can often feel like there's never enough time in the day to look after yourself. When you are managing multiple demands, such as work, household chores, and taking care of your children, it's easy to put your own health and wellbeing on the back burner. I know because I have been there! However, prioritising your health is essential for both your wellbeing and your ability to be the best parent you can be. If you are finding it difficult to prioritise your health, here are some tips on where to start: 1. Make time for exercise: Incorporating exercise into your daily routine is crucial for maintaining good health. Even if you can't find time for a full workout, try to squeeze in short bursts of physical activity throughout the day. You could take a walk during your lunch break, do some squats while waiting for your coffee to brew, or play an active game with your kids at the park. Every little bit counts! 2. Plan and prepare healthy meals: It's easy to rely on fast food or ready meals when you're short on time, but these options are often high in calories and lacking in nutrients. Take some time each week to plan and prepare healthy meals for yourself and your family. Cook in bulk and freeze leftovers for quick and easy meals on busy days. Stock your kitchen with nutritious snacks like fruits, nuts, and yogurt to avoid reaching for unhealthy options when hunger strikes. 3. Get enough sleep: Lack of sleep can have a negative impact on your physical and mental health. Make it a priority to get enough sleep each night, even if it means cutting back on other activities. Establish a bedtime routine that helps you wind down and relax before bed, such as reading a book or taking a warm bath. Create a sleep-friendly environment by keeping your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet. 4. Practice self-care: Taking care of your mental and emotional wellbeing is just as important as taking care of your physical health. Set aside time each day for self-care activities that help you relax and recharge. This could be anything from reading a book, practising meditation or mindfulness, taking a bubble bath, or engaging in a hobby you enjoy. If you can manage to find 30 minutes, great, but if not then just 5 minutes 2 or 3 times a day can make all the difference.

5. Seek support: Don't be afraid to ask for help or delegate tasks to others. Reach out to family members, friends, or neighbours for support when you need it. Consider getting a babysitter or signing your children up for activities that give you some time for yourself. Remember, you don't have to do it all alone. Prioritising your health as a busy parent may require some planning and adjustments, but it's worth the effort. By looking after yourself, you'll have more energy, better focus, and be better equipped to handle the demands of parenting. Remember, you deserve to live healthy and live happy, so you can live life to the full!

If you are struggling to put these tips into practice, or with any other aspect of your health, then book a free 30 minute 'Health and Energy' coaching call with me here, to start living your life to the full.


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