As parents it’s all too often far to easy to forget about you. And the truth is YOU matter. Yes YOU! I really am talking to you.
So this week I want you to really focus on working on regaining some you time. In whatever way you can, small or large. Because the truth is even if you are working full time, have no childcare and have few funds to draw on there is always some way you can celebrate you.
Cook a nice meal
A meal you are cooking because you like the food, not because it’s your son’s favourite or something your other half loves, but because it’s food YOU want to eat.
Create a corner of the house that is just for you
In my house, that’s my desk. I love stationery and looking at it all laid out in my bedroom just the way I like it fills me with joy. Having a space I enjoy working also makes me more productive, which in turn gives me more time to spend with my family.
Take a trip
You’d be surprised just how cheaply you can pick up a last minute overnight stay. And even if you don’t have childcare, that doesn’t mean you can’t make it special. Our recent trip to Chester involved cocktails and canapés on arrival, and honestly I’ve never felt more spoilt. The children played in the sun, whilst we looked on and soaked up the moments.
Binge watch a series
I have to confess that I am a newcomer to subscription TV services, but I am definitely a convert. I love being able to start at episode one and work my way through a series one after another, and I love that it remembers where I stopped watching if I get interrupted mid way through. It’s a great way to unwind after a busy day of running around.
Start a new hobby
OK, I confess I am rubbish at hobbies, but after procrastinating for quite a while this week the Bear and I have started mission Couch to 5K. I have no idea if we’ll manage it, but the intention is definitely there, and so far so good…. I’ll keep you updated I promise.
Paint your nails
Painting my nails is something that if I’m honest I rarely get round to. But if I do I know it’s a quick way to make me instantaneously feel better about myself. Even in jeans painted nails always make me feel that little bit dressed up, as though I’ve made an effort.
Pretend you have no electricity
Turn off the TV, put down your phone and order in take away. Sit, relax, read a book or enjoy the company of your family. There’s no better way to take a break from the world than to shut it out for a little while.
Let us know in the comments or over on our Facebook page what your mission is for the week, we’ll keep you accountable and make sure you are taking care of YOU