Have you been feeling in a weird parenting funk where you just can’t seem to keep your cool and everything you do feels as if it’s the wrong choice when it comes to your kids? We all have them so don’t feel bad; being in a parenting funk is just part of the process. But even though they’re more common than you think, it’s important to shake yourself out of the funk and get back to feeling like the normal, capable parent that you are. Instead of letting the funk control you, here are some tips on how to get out of it:
- Eat Healthier
If you’ve been on parenting super drive for a while now, more than likely you’ve been eating like crap because of all the chaos. And because you’re eating fast food or junk food all the time, you’re not getting essential vitamins and nutrients that your body needs to function at it’s best. Change the way you’re eating to incorporate a wide variety of healthy foods and you’ll notice how much better you’ll feel.
- Get In Some Exercise
Even if you can’t devote an entire hour to working out at home or at the gym, it’s sill important to get up and get moving. Get the stroller and walk to the park instead of driving or take an evening stroll to get some fresh air. Or even have a dance party with your kids to get your body moving. You’ll notice your mood improve once you start moving!
- Get Enough Rest
Again, this might be hard, especially if you have more than one child and a busy schedule. But even going to bed 30 minutes earlier than usual can really reset your body and mood. Sometimes all it takes is a good night’s rest to get out of the funk and feel like your normal self again.
- Take A Long bath
Once your spouse gets home or once the kids are asleep, carve out some alone time and run a nice, hot bath for yourself. Indulge in your favorite glass of wine and grab that book you’ve been wanting to finish for the past few weeks. Even if you’re not into taking baths, take the time to do something for you where you can let your mind and body relax for a bit. You’ll notice how amazing you’ll feel afterward!
Don’t feel bad about being in a parenting funk because they’re totally normal and happen to everyone. Just remember that you still need to take care of yourself in addition to your child’s needs.