This weekend Damian has been away, meaning I have been ‘solo parenting’ for a few days. The children are all pretty good at going to bed, and Mr H doesn’t wake until 11pm ish usually, meaning I have plenty of time to relax.
It’s sometimes a bit hard to switch off – I’ve commented before about how my house will never be Pinterest perfect – there’s always a pile of books that the children and I are in the midst of reading as well as the ironing to sort through and nappies to fold. The constant list of things to do can make it hard to take time out to relax. As a mum I’m ‘on duty’ all day long, be it helping Mr D and Miss E with whatever they’re looking at and exploring, answering questions or tending to bumped knees.
I’m on duty with Mr H, sorting his milk and picking him up when he gets frustrated at his inability to yet crawl. On the occasion’s I do get time to rest and chill out there are some key things that I find really help me in taking that much needed time out.
1 – Going for a walk . is one of the things that really works for me. Especially now the weather is getting better it’s lovely to get out for a walk. If I find myself with just Mr H then I’ll time a walk for when he is tired and likely to nap. I’ll pop to one of my favourite places, Etherow Park, and have a good brisk walk around the lakes. The fresh air always helps to clear your mind and getting out of the house means you can ignore the waiting jobs for a little while!
2 – Get a good book – it’s no secret that I enjoy reading. Getting a book and popping to a coffee shop to while away an hour is always a good use of time. If it’s a good book you can lose yourself in it and switch off from real life for a while whilst you immerse yourself in the world of your book. I always have two or three books on the go and certainly enjoying getting time to just sit and read.
3 – Pick up the phone and have a chat with a friend – it’s too easy to just ping off a message, or WhatsApp – make the effort to pick up the phone and have a chat with someone. Or even better pop round for a coffee and a catch-up.
4 – A bit of pampering is always a good way to relax and get time to yourself, be it getting a relaxing massage or something else like getting your nails done. Book in with a friend and compare the colours and designs you might choose for your nails – I like the sugar plum colour from Ellisons. Choosing a nice summery colour is perfect this time of year and this ebook has plenty of ideas. When I was pregnant with Mr D my treat was having a massage to help relieve the aches and pains – this is something I hope to find time to do soon,
5 – Take a long hot bath – I am a big fan of baths and love nothing more than treating myself to some new bath stuff. We have a lovely little local company called BubbleOff that sell wonderful bath bombs and it’s my treat once in a while. Getting a long hot bath and reading a good book is always a relaxing way to spend an evening.
6 – Switch off the phone – it’s too easy to be ‘connected’ all the time with smart phones and tablets. Switch your phone off and put it away. I am terrible for wasting the evening away scrolling through my social media feeds. Before I know it an hour has passed and I’ve wasted the time. Switching off gives you a much-needed break.
What are your top ideas for taking time and to yourself and relaxing?
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