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The Importance of Time Out Once In a While

19th May 2013

For mothers, the days blur together, seeming to become one endless “to do” list filled with cooking, laundry, and shuttling the kids to and from school and extracurricular activities. While it’s certainly important to be an active part of your children’s lives, every once and awhile, you need a break from the constant demands of motherhood. Doing so can actually help you to recharge your batteries and become a better mum. Here are a few simple tips for taking some time for yourself every now and again.

Rediscover yourself

Remember the life you had before you had children? The one in which you’d visit museums, take long walks, or head to the cinema to watch the latest indie flick? Allowing yourself to rediscover that part of yourself can actually help you become a happier, more fulfilled mum. Arrange for your husband, a family member, or a babysitter to look after the kids so you can spend the day however you choose. Try not to feel guilty about taking time for yourself: doing so will ensure that you are relaxed and refreshed whenever you take over your parenting duties once again.

Pamper yourself

If you’re free time is somewhat limited, capitalise on the few quiet moments you do have throughout the day. In the mornings, wake up a few minutes early to have your morning cup of tea and read the news; doing so will ensure that you feel fresh and awake when it’s time for the kids to get up. If you have some extra time while the little ones are down for a nap and the older kids are at school, take a relaxing bath with scented bath salts to help melt away the stresses of daily life. In the evenings, putting on your boyfriend cardigan and curling up with a good book and a glass of wine can be the perfect way to unwind just before bedtime. The best part? All of these stress-relievers can be done while the kids are sleeping or otherwise occupied with school, homework, and activities.

Get away for the weekend

Family holidays can be a wonderful bonding experience, but let’s face it: you can never truly unwind when you’re looking after the kids. Instead of queuing at theme parks and visiting petting zoos, leave the kids with a family member or babysitter and take a long weekend with just your husband. That way, you can really relish your holidays the way you used to—relaxing on the beach, going for a massage or a manicure/pedicure, or even trying out an adventure activity like kayaking or hiking. You and your husband will return home fresh and ready to take on the challenges of parenting once again.

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