Winter selfcare for parents: tips and recommendations

Being a new parent can be a tough time, and sometimes we forget to look after ourselves. But it’s very important to find those moments to look after both your body and your mental wellbeing, so we’ve put together a few tips to introduce into your selfcare routine, as well as some recommendations for books and TV shows to hopefully bring you some moments of calm.

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Tips

Short walks

Exercise is something that often gets forgotten about when we’re busy, or often we don’t have the energy/time for. However, getting out as often as you can for a short walk – just half an hour is so beneficial – can help so much. As well as helping to keep you healthy, getting some fresh air and stepping away from your screens is wonderful for your mental wellbeing too.

Declutter

With a new baby, the mess and disarray can often get out of control easily and with not enough time to get everything organised again, it gets overwhelming quite quickly. When you find yourself with a spare moment, why not pick one specific area of your home to declutter and organise? That airing cupboard that’s in total chaos, your cupboard of baby bottles and food containers, the laundry area (that basket of unmatched socks- we’re looking at you!). Decluttering in sections one by one can make this job feel much more manageable and less overwhelming.

Treat yourself

You’ve probably spent the last few months only shopping for your baby and home, and forgetting about yourself. But you deserve some time to focus on yourself too! We’re not saying you should break the bank, but spend a little while doing some online browsing, thinking about what you’d like or what you need and choose something for YOU! Focus on your own needs and wants for a moment.

 

Recommendations

Television

Emily in Paris

You’ve probably already heard of this one, everyone’s been talking about it so much! But they’ve been talking for good reason – Emily in Paris is the charming tale of an American in living Paris, navigating work and personal relationships in the most romantic city on earth. Full of fashion, travel, comedy and romance, and packed with endearing characters, this is definitely the show to pick for some much-needed escapism and positivity!

Brooklyn Nine Nine

Funny, light-hearted and full of characters who’ll capture your heart – this one will have you laughing all the way through, but there’s no shortage of touching and emotional moments either! It’s short episodes are perfect for watching when you’ve not got much free time, and with no complicated storylines to remember, you can dip in and out whenever you fancy.

Books

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones and the Six tells the whirlwind story of a rise to fame, and a hard fall, set against the backdrop of the 70s rock and roll scene. Character conflicts and romances weave a Fleetwood Mac-eque history that will leave you feeling like you can’t believe it’s fiction. It’s written in short bursts in an interview format, with little snippets of dialogue from each of the large cast of characters. This makes it very easy to dive in and out of when you’ve only got 5 minutes at a time!

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

The Flatshare starts with the wacky concept of Leon and Tiffy sharing a one bedroom flat – Leon spends his days there and works nights, while Tiffy spends nights in between her 9-5. They have never met, but end up getting to know each other through their shared living space. This makes for a fun, light and romantic story, but full of heart! If you’re looking for a pick me up, this is definitely the one for you.