As a nanny in Boston, you’re probably used to long hours, high-stress activities, and the physical demands of your job. You may not even realize that you need a little time to care for yourself until you’re exhausted. However, you can prevent nanny burnout by setting aside time for yourself to recharge with one of these suggested self-care activities.
Grab a beverage at Thinking Cup
When you’re a nanny, you often have to worry about the appetites of others before your own. Treat yourself by getting some coffee, pastries, or tea from one of Boston’s local cafes. Thinking Cup is one of the most popular cafes in the city, but unlike others, it can offer a slightly quieter atmosphere. Pick up a pastry and a hazelnut latte from the Thinking Cup on Tremont Street, then take a stroll around Boston Common to clear your head. Or, stop by the location on Hanover Street and grab a chai latte and a scone. Get lucky with a seat by the window, and people watch while you enjoy your treats.
Take a free yoga class in the city
Find your zen with one of many free or inexpensive yoga classes in the city. There’s Brewery Yoga at Backlash Beer Company on Hampden Street, an outdoor Fireside Yoga at Farrington Memorial every month, and much more. If you live north of downtown, Marathon Sports in Melrose holds a Yoga for Runners class for free every other Sunday. At Moxley Park in Watertown, MedVadis Research hosts free community yoga classes on Saturday mornings.
Relax with a library book
Boston Public Library is one of the most beautiful historic libraries in the country. When you need a little peace and quiet to calm your mind, take a stroll through BPL to admire the Renaissance-style architecture and the murals lining the walls. Or, find that book you haven’t had time to read, grab a seat in the Reading Room or outdoors by the fountain, and relax.
Get some fresh air
If you don’t have time for a vigorous workout, that’s okay. Simply going outside for a walk can be an incredible stress reliever. Stroll along the 3-mile Charles River Esplanade for a calming view of the water. Craving more greenery? Explore the Emerald Necklace system of parks, stopping in Arnold Arboretum or the zoo along the way. For a historic neighborhood walk where you can stop for a bite (and get a little extra workout), hike along Beacon Hill. Even if you’re a veteran of the city, you might discover some new favorite spots in these familiar places.
Have a dance party with the kids
Want to blow off some steam but don’t have time in your childcare schedule? Involve the kids! Forget the structured play activities and have a classic dance party. Put on some music and dance it out with the kids. Take their requests for songs and get out that extra energy. You can even turn it into a game where everyone must freeze with the music stops.
Unwind with some easy face masks
We all want a spa day to unwind, but sometimes that’s just not feasible — whether with your budget or your schedule (or both). But that doesn’t mean you can’t pull it off. Whip up some easy avocado face masks with the kids and pretend that you’re having a “spa day” at the house. (Just make sure it’s okay with the parents and that the kids don’t have allergies.)
All you need for one moisturizing mask is:
- Half a ripe avocado
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ½ teaspoon coconut oil
Mash or puree the avocado until it’s creamy, then blend in the rest of the ingredients. Apply to your face while avoiding your eyes. Add cucumbers to the eyes for an extra laugh.
While you’re waiting for the masks to work their magic, bring out the coloring books and get creative, or read a book together out loud. You can even put on some soft “spa music” and lounge on the couch — whatever floats your boat. After about 15 minutes, wipe off with a moist towel, and rinse your face with warm water.
Self-Care is necessary for nannies
No matter what self-care activity you choose, remember that self-care is taking care of your mental, emotional, and physical health. You might practice self-care through exercise, treating yourself to a gourmet coffee, meditating, or reading a book. Checking in with yourself to make sure you’re in a good place means that you’ll be at your best when taking care of your kiddos.