The Best Health Tips for Busy Parents

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Let’s face it, life can get stressful.  This can become especially true if you’re a busy parent trying to prioritize your health while balancing the busyness of everyday life. While it may seem like there are never enough hours in the day or week, healthy lifestyle choices and self-care should not be placed on the backburner. Below are our seven health tips that will work for the parents with a brand new baby as well as those seasoned veterans who just need a little reminder on how to practice self-care.  

1. Find time for exercise

Exercising is an important aspect of life, particularly for parents who struggle to find time getting out of their homes. As we age, it becomes increasingly important to build exercise into our day-to-day routine and keep your body fit and healthy. Before embarking on your fitness journey, take some time to think about what type of workouts would best fit into your daily schedule. Start by deciding on the amount of time you can set aside each day, whether that be a few minutes or a couple of hours. Then, prioritize what workouts are your favorite and will be most impactful to the areas you’re looking to improve. You may even want to start off small and work your way up. Taking walks around the neighborhood or doing a couple of reps while wearing a resistance band is just enough to get your heart pumping.

If you’re unable to set aside a block of time each day, exercise in increments over the course of the day. Five to 10 minutes intervals will do the trick! Check out these exercises to get some inspiration!

2. Embrace convenience

Regardless of how long you’ve been in the parenting game, time management will always be your best friend. That said, discovering shortcuts that shave time and effort off everyday tasks can be a real lifesaver. For example, utilizing technology when needed can work to your benefit. Did you forget to grab your child’s allergy medicine at the grocery store? No problem! Some mobile delivery apps take the stress away by offering OTC medicine delivery services, providing you the option to select what you need then have it delivered right to your front door. Having trouble keeping track of doctor appointments? Consider an app like this that will keep your families schedule in line and help you avoid those no-show fees!  

3. Take your vitamins

Parenting can be exhausting, and after long days and a jam-packed schedule, you may begin to feel burnt out. However, one quick and easy way to gain some pep back into your step (and be healthy in the process) is taking daily vitamins. Vitamins help to replenish essential nutrients into your body and keep it feeling healthy and strong. For many parents, taking a daily supplement can be the make or break when it comes to feeling tired and awake or happy and run down. With everything you’ve got going on in your brain, it can be easy to forget a simple task like taking a vitamin. Make it a habit by setting a daily reminder to take them, or consume them with breakfast each day. This is a quick and easy way to improve your health in no time.

4. Make time for yourself

As parents, we tend to focus all of our attention and energy on our children, leaving little to none for ourselves. Much like exercise, finding time to invest in yourself is the most important element of self-care. Self-care is different for every individual which is what makes it so important. Whether it’s setting aside a certain amount of time every week to take a relaxing bubble bath and practice your skincare routine or drive around the block in silence, engaging in this “me time,” will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle whatever parenting throws at you. Self-care leads to a more balanced lifestyle and will make parenting even more enjoyable.

5. Focus on healthy meals and snacks

A healthy diet is an important aspect of overall wellness that many busy parents struggle with. There are many ways in which you can maintain a healthy diet while also encouraging your children to do the same. With meal prepping, preparing your food ahead of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, can save you tons of time from cooking so you can focus on your important tasks. The same goes for snacking, an inevitable part of any busy parent’s life. If you find yourself on the go constantly and unable to prepare full meals, be sure you’re snacking responsibly. Instead of chips or cookies, opt for trail mix or sliced fruit to hold you over. Eating healthy is a mindset and even for the busiest of parents, but with some effort and planning, it can be a simple habit to improve.

6. Stay hydrated

An often forgotten part of our overall health is remembering to drink water, which can help with internal body health, skin health, and overall anti-aging. Particularly for a busy parent, it can be tough to remember to continually drink throughout the day. If this is you, try keeping a water bottle by your side throughout the day to remember to keep hydrated. Consider investing in a special water bottle that shows you how many ounces you should be drinking per day! Water can be a great way to carry you through the busiest of days.

7. Maintain a sleep schedule

Although it’s easier said than done, developing a solid sleeping schedule is an essential way any busy parent should be recharging after a long day. It’s said that at least eight hours is a minimum to strive for, but as a parent, you know this is probably not realistic. Although you may not be getting that solid eight hours each night, there are several steps you can take throughout the day to make sure the sleep you are getting is consistent. The most important thing you can do is be sure to prioritize your responsibilities to ensure you’re not leaving tasks to complete late into the night. Scheduling and organization will be a key component in this, so reevaluate the way you structure your days and be proactive in the way you seek to make a change!

Remaining healthy while also being a busy parent may not always seem doable. However, it is crucial that you implement the tips mentioned above in order to be the best version of yourself not only for you but also for your children.

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