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Stick to your routine

Although the clocks are changing, don’t change up your routine too much. Routines help everyone feel secure and they’ll help you feel in control (even on the more difficult days). If you like being organised, why not write out a list or schedule? You could even pin it up, for example, in the kitchen so your child can see and help you stick to it.

Get active and get outdoors

Going outside for a walk will not only help tire children out but doing it regularly will do a world of good for your mental and physical health too. Even if the weather isn’t the best (and those in the UK will know it can be very temperamental), the fresh air will help clear everyone’s mind and get your brain releasing those endorphins to reduce stress.

Eat well and drink plenty of water

Easier said than done, especially when you’re running around after children but eating healthily and regularly will help you feel less tired and manage your mood. Fats help keep your brain healthy, protein will regulate your mood, and fruits and vegetables contain all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay well. Drinking enough water is also so important as even being mildly dehydrated can affect your energy levels and ability to concentrate. And although there will be days when you feel really tired, try not to rely too much on caffeine as it can disrupt your sleep patterns.

Call or meet up with a friend or family member

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, especially when your sleep has been affected. But you’re not alone. Blow off some steam and give a friend or close family member a call. Or meet up on a walk to the park so you can have a natter whilst the kids run around. And talk to other parents or carers if you need some help or advice. They’ll know better than most what you’re going through.

Schedule some ‘me time’

It may seem impossible but try to carve out some sacred ‘me time’ for yourself before you turn in for the night. Your ‘me time’ could involve reading a book, listening to a podcast, doing some stretches and meditation, writing in a journal, drawing, or simply whacking on a face mask and watching an episode of your favourite TV programme. Do what will help you relax and de-stress, and you’ll sleep better for it.

Cut yourself some slack

Looking after a small human is not easy and no one is an expert at it. So, don’t worry about the things you haven’t done today – you kept going and made it through the day, and that always deserves a pat on the back.

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