We’re already a few weeks into the school holidays and you’re either looking forward to a holiday with the kids or you’re tearing your hair out wondering what to do with the kids. If you’re the latter, we hear you. With the weather taking a turn for the worse and children cooped up inside when they could be out playing, you’re probably working overtime trying to manage.
Make time for your interests
It’s so easy to fill your diary over the summer with things your kids want to do (while juggling work and all your other commitments). But it’s really important that you keep in touch with your own interests. Even if it’s carving out a little bit of time and space - like half an hour - for something that nourishes you and lifts you up it’s better than nothing. There’s a time for shared interests with the children, but you also need some YOU time. Schedule it in.
It goes without saying that you’ve probably arranged a few playdates already. But playdates can work both ways. You can focus on meetups with other parents with whom you get along, for example. Who says the kids get to dictate the terms of the playdate? Having a coffee and a chat with a friendly face can make all the difference and - particularly after COVID - meeting people face to face gives us energy and helps relieve any of the burdens and stresses of having to cope with the kids during summer.
Give yourself a break
It’s easy to say this but a lot harder to feel it. It’s really important not to feel guilty if every day of your child’s summer isn’t filled with nourishing, uplifting, educational activities they love all the time. In an ideal world, we could throw off the shackles of our usual routine and spend it with the kids doing arts and crafts or spending hours at the beach or in the country (remember all those ideas during the first lockdown!). But if you can’t do that, don’t beat yourself up about it. You’re only human. No matter what other parents’ bustling social media accounts say, they’re probably grinding it out as much as you some days.
Make time for your physical wellbeing and self-care
Putting to one side your physical health and wellbeing is a bad idea. Sure, you’re busy but a healthy, happy parent is the best thing you child can have… so it’s ok to sometimes put your physical and emotional needs first. Take time to do some physical exercise, whether it’s a walk with the kids or taking time to do some exercises at home that at least get your blood pumping (although kids have a way of doing that without exercise!). To alleviate stress, book yourself in for a relaxing aromatherapy massage or treatment with one of our therapists.
And no, this isn’t a “treat” - you deserve this, so give us a call and let’s get you feeling great.
Want to book yourself in for a much-needed massage or other treatment. Call our reception team on 01273 843780 and let us help you relax.