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How do Nannies Stay Energised and Grounded?

Working as a travel nanny or a rota nanny has a lot of perks: you are paid full-time for just two weeks work in a month for high net worth families. On average, rota nannies earn £1000 per week, and sometimes more. Nannies working for high net worth families may also have the opportunity to travel to five-star locations and spend time sailing on private yachts. 

Most rota nannies are required to work 24/7 for a one or two week schedule. In general, as a rota nanny you are never off-duty except for when you sleep. However, you will most likely be required to have a baby monitor in your room in case the child wakes up. Your duties will tend to cover all aspect of childcare, including:

  • Nursery duties
  • Organising educational activities
  • Supervising meals and snacks
  • Supervising bath time and bedtime

Working as a rota nanny can be mentally and physically draining, but may also be fun and rewarding, provided that you take good care of yourself. Here are five tips you need to keep yourself grounded and to ensure you succeed in your position as a rota nanny:

 

Micromanage your schedule

While you are required to work on call 24/7, that doesn’t mean you won’t have some time for yourself. Planning a routine in the morning, such as waking up half an hour to enjoy a cup of coffee by yourself, can keep you grounded. Make a schedule and short-term goals to give yourself something to look forward to each evening, be it yoga, some stretching or fitness, or just a little time to sit and read. 

 

Reward yourself

Treat yourself with a self-pampering session that doesn’t cost a fortune by packing face masks. Rewarding yourself after a hard day at work can provide you with comfort and an opportunity to relax. 

If you’re not into face mask treatments (or you've had enough of masks during the COVID-19 crisis!) you can also reward yourself by reading a book, streaming a movie, or giving your feet a soak in warm water. 

 

Work out

While stretching or yoga early in the morning doesn’t sound appealing, they carry significant health benefits. Stretching can improve energy levels, blood circulation, and decrease lower back pain. Regular stretching also reduces muscle tension and can help you fall asleep. 

Many yoga videos on YouTube will only take 10 to 20 minutes of your time. If you’re feeling strained or stressed out, practising yoga will promote relaxation and can lower levels of anxiety and fatigue. 

 

Eat right

Working with children can, at times, force you to skip meals. This makes you vulnerable to the temptation to snack on processed and unhealthy food that doesn’t help you gain energy. There are plenty of snack options that give considerable health benefits and an energy boost. We have listed two ideas that take very little time to prepare: 

Bliss balls

Bliss balls, or protein balls, are a versatile, healthy treat often filled with ingredients that boost energy levels. They can be prepared before the start of your rota shift. Put them inside an airtight container and pop it into the fridge to make sure they are edible for up to five days.

Banana with Peanut Butter

This easy-grab-and-go snack option would take you less than three minutes to make. Bananas are a great source of Vitamin B6 that helps your body metabolise carbohydrates and fats to turn them into energy. It also contains Vitamin C that supports your overall brain health. 

Peanut butter, as well as most nut butter, contains a substance that promotes heart health. A two-tablespoon serving of peanut butter has enough calories to give you a quick energy boost.

 

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