As much as we love our kids, sometimes we have to admit to ourselves that they are one of the biggest causes of stress in our lives. When you combine parenthood with the pressures of home and working life, this stress can really seem to mount up on you.
Combating stress is easier said than done; there’s a lot more to it than taking deep breaths and counting to ten like they do on TV, but when you’re a parent that’s sometimes all you’re able to do. It’s important that whenever you do get a little bit of time to yourself, you seize the chance to unwind however you think is best.
If you’re lucky you may be able to leave your children with their grandparents for a weekend and go away; it’s a long time to be away from your family, but it can do you the world of good, and could be just what you need to keep you going for even a few months.
Even just a day away from normal life can help. Going for a walk with your partner; visiting somewhere you’ve always wanted to go is brilliant for taking your mind off things; especially if you’ve never made it there simply because you had children and never found the time. Searching Google, or a site like Trip Advisor, can help you to find a peaceful location where you can get away from it all for a little while.
Every parent knows that these are luxuries though. How often do you get a whole day to yourself? That’s why it’s so important that you find something that relaxes you for those happy ten minute windows that crop up once or twice a day after you’ve just dropped your little monsters off at school or just put them to bed.
A calming bath is a favourite for many people; or few quick games on your phone or online if you’re not quite ready to switch off for the night. Bingo at Ladbrokes, or flash games on Facebook, are quick ways to de-stress a little, and are pretty convenient; you can do them at your leisure; on your laptop or on your phone; and can be just enough to stop you going insane before bed time.
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