Teaching your little one self-care
The buzz sound self-care is big. From your favourite PJ set to the candles lighting up your weekly bubble bath, we know that taking care of yourself is important. And while your little one might not need the charcoal face mask just yet, starting them off on some good self-care activities of their own can be super beneficial.
There is no doubt that being consistent and deliberate with your self-care can help your mood, mindset, and (of course) cleanliness! Self-care might get a bad rap sometimes as being solely about pampering yourself, but in reality, it helps you to focus on yourself, set up good stress management and prioritise downtime. As your little one is navigating their changing emotions, giving them a few tools to settle and concentrate on themselves will only help!
Don’t fret, these activities absolutely don’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. There are plenty of ways to get them thinking about their health without a cost. Making meaningful and healthy choices can happen in a variety of ways:
Nothing compares to vitamin D! The positive impacts of being outside are endless. Not only will it improve their mood and it will also allow them to step away from school or friend pressure. Make it a habit for them to take a walk outside with you after school or throw a ball around after a little tantrum.
Deep breathing exercises while focusing on slowing down is beyond beneficial to anyone. Meditation is proven to lower current and further stress. It might be difficult at first, but putting 10 minutes aside a day will turn it into second nature.
Sometimes feelings are impossible to form until they’ve been written down. At this age, it’s unlikely they will be able to reveal all of their thoughts in proper language. However, giving them this freedom to connect with themselves is great. Even a page full of drawings is sufficient to slowly start this habit for a few minutes a day.
Try out new interests
Giving them the opportunity to search for new hobbies or passions is important. Not only will this show you what is unique to them, they will also learn to try new things that will make them feel good. If they doodle often, try giving them a painting kit. This could just be the perfect de-stressor for them down the line.
It feels good to do good! Turning helping others into a big part of their routine will encourage them to reach out to others, gain energy from kindness, and feel part of a community.
Each morning, ask them to write down or even just say, what they are thankful for. Waking up and reiterating what you are lucky to be gifted with will increase positive thinking and well-being. It could be as simple as the yummy breakfast mama made. This feel-good activity will become a big part of their desired routine as they get older.
These are just a few ideas to try to incorporate. Overall, most of them take no more than 10 minutes a day to complete. Creating space for these habits at a young age will make them second nature as they grow up. Taking care of yourself and your mental health is important to everyone, so help your little one start prioritising them too. Face masks will come in a few years!