As a parent, your life revolves around your children.
And while you wouldn’t have it any other way, sometimes it’s hard to focus on yourself and your needs.
But your goals are important too, and after the year we’ve all had, 2021 should be the time to seize the day – safely, of course!
So for the busy parent who wants to make the most of the coming months, here are just three New Year’s Resolutions for busy parents that focus on your personal development whilst fitting around your hectic lifestyle.
1. Advance your career
The challenges of family life often force parents to put their own ambitions on pause. This can lead us to feel as though we’re stagnating, especially when it comes to careers.
A new qualification can be a great way to get ahead at work or even break into a new industry. But for most parents, it’s not exactly practical to give up your job and put your life on hold to go back to school.
Thankfully, that’s no longer the only option – with remote education on the rise, many courses are actually designed to fit around family life. ARU Distance Learning offer a wide range of degree programs, ranging from full-time to part-time courses that work with your timetable, allowing you to juggle your commitments alongside your classes with ease.
Remote learning can be a fantastic and fulfilling opportunity to boost your professional growth and kickstart your next career move.
2. Practice self-care
Dispense of fluffy notions about bubble baths and hot chocolates piled high with marshmallows. Contrary to popular belief, self-care isn’t all about indulgence and luxury. Instead, it’s about making sure that your basic needs are all fulfilled to make sure you’re not burning the candle at both ends.
Take pauses during the day to ask yourself, “What do I need right now?” and think about how to realise that requirement, whether in the moment or later on. Being attuned to your own needs and committing to dealing them is essential to your daily functioning and not something you should compromise on.
Get rid of bad habits like putting yourself down and comparing yourself to others – you don’t need to be your own worst enemy. Replace these negative thoughts with positive affirmations – phrases that promote an upbeat and optimistic mindset that leaves you feeling better prepared to face the day.
3. Find a hobby
Hobbies can be great for our mental wellbeing – they inspire passion, relieve tension and are good for our self-esteem as we become better at them.
There are plenty of simple and inexpensive activities that can be picked up and put down easily – reading, puzzles or knitting are all simple enough to fit into your routine. The idea to have an activity that alleviates stress and gives you something to look forward to, even if it’s only fifteen minutes each day.
These are just three New Year’s resolutions for busy parents that can improve your life.
What’s your New Year’s Resolution for 2021? Share yours in the comments below!