No matter what age, practicing self-care is ideal for everyone! Self-care is defined as working to maintain or improve one’s physical and mental health. It’s best, as a parent, to create self-care routines for both you and your child. As parents, we all know that raising a child is one of the most difficult yet rewarding things that we can ever do, yet we undermine the effect that it has on our own mental health. Parenthood comes with a lot of stress, a lack of sleep, and a lot more responsibilities.
It’s important to take care of yourself so that you can be the best person you can be for your child. Children, especially, are unaware of how significant it is to take care of their emotional well-being, which is why they may act out, throw tantrums, and do things that might seem out of the “ordinary” to you! It’s best to kill two birds with one stone and help both you and your child practice self-care.
Here are some of the best self-care routines for you and your child to do together!
1. Mask days
When people hear the words “self-care”, putting on face masks is what usually comes to mind. Face masks are easy to make and there are so many different types you can try. The most commonly used ingredients are honey, avocado, egg, yogurt, and turmeric. Face masks have many benefits, including clearing up skin pores, and moisturizing, hydrating, and relaxing the skin.
Encourage your child to journal! Throughout the day, we all face different emotions and experiences. What better way to cope or deal with those experiences than by writing our feelings down in a journal? Journaling is perfect for self-care because it helps to manage anxiety, reduce stress, and deal with depression. Children especially should be encouraged to journal because they are at a more sensitive age and period of development. Not only will it help them know how to acknowledge their own feelings, but it can aid them at becoming better problem-solvers.
3. Art days
Plan days with your child where you both paint your lives away on an easel. This helps your child to feel at ease because they’re expressing themselves freely with no restrictions on what to paint or draw. Art has a lot of positive benefits for children. Art can help a child with their creativity, self-esteem, and problem-solving skills.
4. Home cleaning “concerts”
One of the best things you can do for self-care is listen to music while cleaning your home. Music naturally is calming for both adults and children, and it promotes self-expression, and acts as a mood lifter. Having a clean house has a lot of mental health benefits as well, including lower stress levels, increased productivity, and boosted creativity. Doing chores while cleaning with your child will combine both benefits and leave you with a happier child and a cleaner house!
5. Nap time dates
Naps are quintessential for everyone. Naps help you to recharge, de-stress, and boost your mood. Having nap dates with your child is a great way to bond with them as well. Children love to sleep with their parents because of the feeling of closeness and security. You will both wake up feeling relaxed and refreshed!
Self-Care At Silverline Montessori
At Silverline Montessori, we encourage our children to learn self-care skills in addition to educational topics. When children learn how to deal with and identify their own needs, it helps them to become more independent and self-sufficient individuals in the long run.