Self-Care for Parents

self-care for parents

Raising a child isn’t easy, especially as a new parent. Many challenges come with the first few years of parenting, and oftentimes your own needs are overlooked. Between changing countless diapers and waking up at all hours of the night, it may seem as though self-care is a distant memory. However, this is the time when self-care is the most important. By taking care of yourself, you can better care for your child.

Although you may not have the luxury of relaxing in a long bath or having a full day to yourself, you can still sneak in a bit of self-care every single day. A great way of doing this is by keeping your favorite essential oils on hand. Simply diffusing them throughout a room can give you a moment of peace in a hectic day. While all essential oils offer therapeutic benefits, there is a handful that is especially helpful for new parents.

By using essential oils topically and aromatically, you will find yourself feeling more relaxed and ready to take on whatever challenges the day throws at you. For those new parents who really can’t find a spare moment in their day, MONQ’s personal diffusers are an easy way to breathe in essential oils on-the-go.

lavender oil and bath beadsRelax with Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is one of the most popular oils and for good reason. This versatile essential oil boasts a range of health benefits, from its antibacterial properties to its ability to soothe a frazzled mind.1 Simply taking the time to breathe in its scent can ease feelings of stress and anxiety and allow you to clear your head.

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, diffuse lavender essential oil throughout your home. You can also add a few drops to your daily moisturizer or lotion to keep the scent close to you. Before falling asleep at night, lightly mist your pillowcase with a spray bottle of water and lavender essential oil. The gentle scent will promote better sleep.

If you can find some time for yourself, try adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to a warm bath for ultimate relaxation.

man holding mountain monqEase Tension with Peppermint Essential Oil

If you wake up with achy muscles and a headache, all you want to do is lay in bed. Unfortunately, you can’t take sick days when you’re a parent. There is no instant cure for the aches and pains that come from raising a child and lacking proper sleep, but peppermint essential oil can help ease some of the symptoms.

Breathing in the fresh scent of peppermint can instantly clear a foggy mind.2 Try diffusing peppermint essential oil throughout your room to wake up your senses. If you have a bad headache or sinus pressure, you can mix a few drops of peppermint essential oil with a carrier oil and gently rub the mixture onto your temples. For a breath of the fresh scent of peppermint wherever you go, try Mountain MONQ.

For a bit of self-care, try giving yourself a steam facial with peppermint essential oil. Add a few drops to a bowl of steaming water, cover your face with a towel, and let the steam open your pores.

young girl using vibrant monqReduce Fatigue with Citrus Essential Oils

Citrus essential oils help break through feelings of fatigue and provide the energy you didn’t know you had.3 As an added bonus, they also help to boost mood and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Citrus oils, such as lemon, grapefruit, sweet orange and others, can be used separately or blended together.

Try adding a drop of lemon essential oil to your water first thing in the morning, or mix a few drops of grapefruit essential oil into an energizing shower scrub. Blend together a few of your favorite citrus essential oils and diffuse them throughout your home for a quick pick-me-up. Alternatively, if you’re looking for an on-the-go energy boost, try Vibrant MONQ. 

To really pamper yourself, add a drop of your favorite citrus essential oil to a homemade face mask.

Final Thoughts

Self-care doesn’t always mean long baths, facials, and pedicures. Simple acts of self-care, such as taking a small moment to smell your favorite scent, can do wonders for your mental and physical health. When you’re a new parent, trying to juggle everything can get overwhelming. Are you taking care of your child? Are you taking care of yourself? If so, you’re already doing great. Those dishes can wait. Vacuuming can be done later. Take a small moment for yourself whenever you need one, and everything else will fall into place.

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Kiri Rowan

By Kiri Rowan

Kiri Rowan is a writer, photographer, and traveler with a strong interest in alternative medicine. She helps friends, family, and other travelers treat their symptoms with essential oils and medicinal plants.

Favorite MONQ blend: Vibrant

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The above information relates to studies of specific individual essential oil ingredients, some of which are used in the essential oil blends for various MONQ diffusers. Please note, however, that while individual ingredients may have been shown to exhibit certain independent effects when used alone, the specific blends of ingredients contained in MONQ diffusers have not been tested. No specific claims are being made that use of any MONQ diffusers will lead to any of the effects discussed above.  Additionally, please note that MONQ diffusers have not been reviewed or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. MONQ diffusers are not intended to be used in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, prevention, or treatment of any disease or medical condition. If you have a health condition or concern, please consult a physician or your alternative health care provider prior to using MONQ diffusers.

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