The majority of the country are in the same boat at the moment with the current lockdown situation. Along with been in such close proximity to members of the household, children and partner. Self care to help you keep sane in a way, help you relax, some you time and to help with your mental health.
Below I will share with you 5 of the things I’ve been doing to get some me time, some time to relax. Within a busy family home, we have our hands full. With the girls off school and nursery due to the current pandemic of coronavirus, the Mrs not working due to being at high risk and also university closed and working from home.
Home schooling is in full swing and on top of that trying to get pig upto speed with letters and numbers. But also keeping the youngest beast occupied and entertained.
Dad’s 5 things for self care.
Here are my 5 tips to help with self care. This is from a Dad so may not be for the ladies. NO don’t worry it’s not stick vaseline on the bedroom door handle and shut yourselves in with the significant other.
1 – Take some time out and have a bath.
I find especially on an evening when the kids are in bed, run yourself a bath. Pour or grab your favourite beverage, for me it’s a nice whiskey with ice or a coffee. Pop on your favourite go to play list and just chill in the bath with some music. Relaxing, peaceful, a bit of time to put your thoughts in order and have some you time.
2 – video games.
Another I find that helps with some me time and to wind down and relax is to play some video games. Depends what sort of games you like, we all have favourites. Mine have to be racing games, I have an Xbox one so it usually tends to be Forza Motorsport or Dirt rally.
3 – Movie night with your better half.
Me and the Mrs have a great relationship. Even through these times of been together majority of the day. What I find helpful for self care, is spending time with her, chat about nonsense, have a laugh and settle down in bed or on the sofa watching a film on Netflix or the recently acquired for us, Disney+.
4 – Spend some time in the Garden.
I know for some this may not be possible, because you may not have one. We are fortunate to have an outdoor space, a garden. I do enjoy a spot of gardening. Trimming hedges, cutting the grass and even planting plants etc… When we have things to plant. This is another good idea for getting out during lockdown and getting some essential fresh air.
5 – Listen to something or Read.
Me myself I’m not much of a reader. I’ll read blogs and articles on my phone but that’s about it, I dont usually tend to read books. What I like to do especially while carrying out my house wifely duties is either to listen to music or lately I’ve got into podcasts. Generally tend to put it on our Bluetooth portable speaker we have (I actually recently reviewed it for something to do, check it out here). One podcast I found via Instagram they’ve just started up a 2nd season so currently working through that at the moment. (From Lads to Dad’s Podcast, a great life, check it out here).
So there we go.
There we go. Just 5 of my own tips to help with self care through our time in lockdown. No idea how long this situation may go on for, or even how things in the world will be after its all over and done with.
Self care is important. Not only do we need to look after others at this time but also ourselves. We can’t look after others if we don’t look after ourselves. What sort of self care do you do to help with your well being and mental health? Would love to hear yours, share away in the comments.