Taking care of yourself as a stay at home parent is extremely important for yourself, as well as your children. When you have a kid, your life may seem like it revolves around your child, and on some level, it does. Because of that, you may forget to take care of yourself or worse you find your self questioning why you should, and that’s never a good thing.

Here’s some tips on taking care of yourself as a stay at home parent.

1. Go to bed at a decent time, and give yourself 6-8 hours of sleep.

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Your sleep is important. While it’s best to sleep 8 hours, sometimes, as a parent, you’ll be faced with times that you might strain snooze at least hours. Allowing yourself enough rest, allows you to focus on taking care of your kids, and running your household well.

During the times you might not be lucky enough to get even 6 hours of sleep, try a short nap. If you have small children that do a nap time, you could also utilize that time to take your own nap.

2. Make sure to eat at least 3 meals a day.

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Your health is just as important as your child’s health. Making sure to eat 3 meal a day keeps your energy up so you can keep up with your kid, or for some parents, multiple children. It’s really easy to skip a meal when times get hectic. Missing a meal could leave you dizzy or not performing up to your normal self.

3. Take an hour each day to do an activity that would be considered good exercise.

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Exercise can help keep you in shape. If you’re stuck at home, you can do simple things like floor exercises or walking around the neighborhood, especially if you cannot afford to purchase a gym membership. And while the weather is still summery there’s still time to take advantage of these summertime activities.

4. If you can, try delegating tasks to reduce stress and don’t overwork yourself.

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It takes a lot to run a household and also raise children. If you’re married, try involving your spouse in helping out when your schedule is busy. If you have a child that is old enough for some chores, assign them some tasks.

Never overwork yourself. It’s okay to want to be the super parent, but sometimes, a little help can reduce your stress, and also, later allow time for family fun. Don’t be afraid or feel embarrassed to ask for help.

5. Try a leisure activity at least once a week that you can enjoy without the kids.

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You can’t always be cooped up in your house, and you can’t allow your children to be attached at the hip. Getting a babysitter from time to time, will allow you to have a little bit of time to yourself. And if planned with enough time you can hook up with a friend or two and make it a girls afternoon or night.

For a married couple, this is important, as it allows you to fit in a date night, and keep the relationship from being strained.

Are you a parent that is always at home with the kids? What tips do you have about taking taking care of yourself as a stay at home parent?

Author: Mommy R+R

Valerie Pierre is the owner and content creator for Mommy R+R. She is a lover of food, wine & cuss words. She resides in Brooklyn, NY with her comic nerd husband and their two kids. Valerie is also Co-Owner of Sisterhued. A digital collective that showcases women of color in positive lights. She also contributes pieces to MomCave TV, Fit Noire and Football, Food & Motherhood.

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4 thoughts on “5 TIPS TO TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF AS A STAY AT HOME PARENT

  1. I’m a work from home mom and I need to follow all of these! I’m horrible at taking time for myself and I’m a regular at forgetting to eat.

    Posted on September 26, 2016 at 6:14 pm
  2. Girl, I’m trying to this as a full-time working mom. Trust me, I NEED my eight hours or else I am not happy. I’m definitely not good at eating 3 square meals a day. By dinner, for the most part, I’m not really hungry.

    Posted on September 26, 2016 at 8:55 pm
  3. Three meals a day? Ain’t nobody got time for that! I think I’m going to start setting reminders on my phone to eat. I get so caught up that I forget.

    Posted on September 26, 2016 at 9:51 pm
  4. I need a better balance when it comes to sleeo, 8hrs is just too much. I need around 6 to feel good, any more or less and I get headaches. I’ve also need to remember to move at leat 15 to 30 minutes a day. Great tips!

    Posted on September 26, 2016 at 10:04 pm