Welcome back to the self care inspiration series. A collection of posts all about self care, looking after yourself and creating a happier you. This weeks post is about making sure that you’re getting enough sleep.
A lot of people don’t know where to start with self care, or they think that they don’t have the time, so to help you out, I will be posting my tips, tricks, and inspiration for that much needed you time, helping to create a moment of calm in our busy lives.
I don’t know about you, but my life is so hectic during the week, that by the time the weekend gets here, I just need to chill out a little bit and do something for myself that makes me happy. This series is all about making you smile and making you feel good about yourself so that you’re left feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world
This week I want to talk about sleep and how we can get more of it. Sleep kind of goes out of the window when you become a parent. Gone are the days when you could have a quick lay down after work, or a long lazy Sunday morning in bed.
Rest and recharge
When you’re a Mum you can all too often find yourself running on empty and not even thinking about giving yourself a chance to rest. This is why learning to take a break and recharge is so important. Looking after yourself and getting enough sleep is a perfect
Taking a break
It’s important to recognise when your body is telling you to take a break. If you’re exhausted and the opportunity comes up to have a nap, then go ahead and take it – you’ll feel better for it. Don’t keep pushing yourself unnecessarily, because you’ll just make yourself feel worse
Finding the time
Sleep is important for so many reasons, and as parents, we need to get it when we can and make the most of it.
When we’re running around after little ones we might think that getting enough sleep is impossible, but believe it or not, there are ways that you can do it, even when you’re a busy parent. Read on to find out how.
When you’re at home and your baby goes down for a nap, it can be very tempting to use that time to get on and do things that you don’t usually get a chance to do. You can catch up on housework, read a book or even just enjoy a hot cup of coffee. But have you ever thought about having a nap too? Even just an hour can do you the world of good and can leave you feeling refreshed.
Following baby’s routine
‘Sleep when the baby sleeps’ is often said to new parents, but it’s actually a really good piece of advice. You don’t have to sleep every time they sleep, but just catching an extra few hours a week can be beneficial.
If you’re sturggling to leave that mountain of washing, or dirty dishes on the side, then try making a plan. You could do housework and other bits that you need to catch up on a few days a week, and then enjoy a nap on the days in between.
Get a babysitter
There’s no harm in getting the grandparents or a friend to look after your little one for a few hours so you can catch up on some sleep. Drop them off with lots of toys and snacks and then go home and get back into bed for a couple of hours. You will benefit from having a bit of
Set up a Daddy morning
Setting up a Daddy morning once a week could be a good idea and something that everyone can benefit from. Your partner could take the kids swimming, shopping or to the park for a couple of hours, while you have a lie in, or go back to bed.
Try going to bed when the kids go to bed
When you put the kids to bed, why not go to bed yourself? Treat yourself every now and then and have an early night. I know 7 pm might be a bit early, but you could always take a glass of wine and a book with you and chill for a bit
It’s important to get yourself and your room ready if you’re going to get the most out of having a nap or an early night. Sometimes when I lay down in bed, i’ll really struggle to get to sleep, even if I’m exhausted. Try doing the following if you’re struggling too:
- Make sure the room isn’t too bright
- Put your phone on silent or vibrate
- Try and keep the room at a good temperature
If, like me, you struggle, then try putting an audiobook, podcast or some music on. If you have anything on your mind, write it down and tackle it when you wake up. Also, I find getting into bed helps me to get to sleep rather than trying to have a quick nap on the sofa.
When you have a nap, make sure you enjoy it. Don’t feel guilty for needing to sleep. It’s ok to leave the housework every now and then. It’s ok to send the kids to grandmas for a few hours, and it’s definitely ok to treat yourself to an early night. Mums need sleep too.