Parenting is a full-time job. This is why in ‘Challenging Yourself Can Be Both Scary and Exhilarating,’ we mentioned how it can be tempting to stay within your comfort zone. However, there are numerous benefits to trying something new every now and then, and you will grow not only as a parent but as a person as well. And ultimately, this will remind you of who you truly are.
You can squeeze in any of these suggested activities when you have some extra time on your hands. Also, you can pick up right where you left off with any of these tips whenever you have the time.
Using your hands and doing something that will allow you to express your creativity could help restore your confidence. HuffPost Canada’s senior lifestyle editor Chloe Tejada says that cross-stitching and sewing make her feel that she’s good at things other than her job. You don’t have to limit yourself to these activities either. You can pick up a pencil and start sketching, dust off your old watercolours, cook a nutritious meal that you love, or even try writing in a journal. Creative pursuits can enrich your life, and the mere thought of creating something out of nothing is very rewarding.
Join a group
While you may need some alone time once in a while, it’s never a bad idea to reach out to people in the same boat if you need support and inspiration. This is still counted as doing something for yourself as you might be in need of just connecting with people. You can connect with fellow parents in your community, or even find groups online. A lot of parents have found the time to turn to social media as a way of learning from and bonding with others who are going through the same emotions. You can form lasting friendships with people you are comfortable being vulnerable with. It’s also an avenue to share funny anecdotes, and have a laugh every now and then.
Who says parents can’t play games? There are tons of games you can find online that are more catered to grown-up audiences. Wealth Words is a brain-stimulating crossword puzzle that has been lauded for elevating the average crossword experience for contemporary audiences. This can be played on practically any device. For something less cerebral, the pop culture inspired games on Foxy Bingo take after classic films such as ‘The Goonies’ as well as having loads of titles based on the Vikings and Greek gods. It might even bring back a little bit of nostalgia from your younger years – and you may even start to see the appeal and enjoyment in online games.
Do something you used to love
You probably had a hobby or two once upon a time which you may have forgotten about. Becoming a parent doesn’t mean you have to forgo this; you just need to make a concerted effort to get back at it. Having a hobby can ground and connect you to your roots. A common excuse not to pursue your hobby is that you “don’t have the time,” but time is what you make of it. An article on Bustle suggests indulging in your hobby in short bursts. This way, you will make fewer excuses and always have something to look forward to.
Being a parent is the greatest job in the world but you also owe it to yourself to make the time to do things that will give you a renewed sense of purpose and a restored identity. Keep this time sacred – no matter how long or short it may be.