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Self-Care Ideas for Exhausted Parents

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Many parents are overworked and exhausted. In fact, a recent study showed that moms work an average of 98 hours per week and that the average mom gets only 17 minutes of free time to herself each day.

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It's essential that parents care for themselves—for their own well-being—but also because any effort they put into self-care has huge payoffs for their children.
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Looking at the list, are these some of the things you do to relax and recharge? Do you have other suggestions for fellow parents?
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I am feeling extra exhausted and lonely lately. I think I’d love to get more than one hour of straight sleep more than anything else right now.
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It’s making me so irritable and stressed. It truly is a form of torture.
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Things on that list are things that I used to do before I gave birth. Finding the time to dedicate to self is so hard. But with that being said, I get at least an hour (divided up) of bonding time laughing and playing with my child per day. It's by far the best and hardest thing i'll ever go through. This helps me to remember, though, that taking care of myself is just as important because if I don't, then I won't be capable of those happy times I have with him.
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Be more mommas!!! We are in this together!
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Don’t listen to anyone who tells you to sleep when you’re dead, that’s terrible advice. Chronic sleep deprivation makes it harder to focus, impairs memory, slows your body’s ability to heal, increases your risk of obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, death and more, and can make you as dangerous behind the wheel as a drunk driver.
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Don’t listen to anyone who tells you to sleep when you’re dead, that’s terrible advice. Chronic sleep deprivation makes it harder to focus, impairs memory, slows your body’s ability to heal, increases your risk of obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, death and more, and can make you as dangerous behind the wheel as a drunk driver.
I agree. Most people need around 8 hours of sleep to feel rested but quality matters more than quantity. Invest in a good mattress every 8 years, buy quality sheets blankets and pillows, make sure your room is very dark and no warmer than 68 degrees, and make a point to go to bed and wake up at the same times every day.
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Eat regular meals throughout the day to keep your blood sugar level, fill up half your plate with vegetables, eat lean proteins and complex carbs, drink lots of water, and don’t eat too much.
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Eat regular meals throughout the day to keep your blood sugar level, fill up half your plate with vegetables, eat lean proteins and complex carbs, drink lots of water, and don’t eat too much.
I am guilty of this. Waking up at odd hours wrecks havoc on my appetite and I usually snack in the middle of the night which is not good for me. Argh!
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I workout at home using an awesome suspension trainer I made for $6! Be more active, make it social, make it fun, and make your health a priority.
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Yes. Focus on eating REAL food; anything that comes in a package has been processed to some degree so check the ingredients, the more ingredients a product has and the fewer you can pronounce, the more processed it is. This should go without saying but don’t eat fast food. Ever.
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It might seem daunting but exercise whenever you can. Pace while you talk on the phone, get a browser extension that tells you to move every hour, go for a 30 minute walk on your lunch break, get a dog and/or a walking buddy, do push-ups before you get dressed in the morning, do whatever works best for you but do something that makes you MOVE.
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