Being a parent is truly one of the greatest joys in life. As soon as you feel your child’s touch on your hand, see it smile, or hear the first “I love you”, everything in life seems to fall into place. Still, the most important role is a 24/7 job, and most parents put in a hard day’s night of work each and every day. Albeit it is worth every drop of energy, sometimes you just feel like your life force has been drawn from your body.
But when the going gets tough, you need to rely on you, to organize your day, leave room for some “me” time, and give yourself a jolt of energy.
Family life is spectacular, but it does take a big chunk of your time. Sometimes, you just need to go back and relive those carefree days of youth. And who better to walk down memory lane with, than the people who were there! Not only does spending time with friends give to spend time with adults for a change (other than your spouse), it also provides you with a chance to have some fun.
Remember fun? Enjoy brunch, pay a visit to your favorite bar, go shopping, spend a night on the town – enjoy yourself. There is no need to feel guilty about it. Trust me, you have earned it!
Me, Myself and I
Free time drifts by without you even realizing it, so use the time you do have at home by dedicating it to yourself. Find a nook or cranny within your family home, cozy up, and enjoy something you like to do.
Dive into your latest favorite book, and let you imagination relieve you of tension. Let loose, draw a bath, light up some scented candles, and play some easy music. Put the kettle on, and drink a natural stress-relief tea, and allow your mind to wonder for at least that one cup. Once you dedicate at least that bit of the day to yourself, you can achieve that better version of yourself.
The Sneaky Approach
Yes, kids need your constant care and supervision, but sometimes you can trick them into giving you some time for yourself. The best way to do this is to keep them occupied. Inspire them to take up an arts and crafts project they will adore, interest them in a interactive free kids game, such as Poptropica, take them to the park, or arrange a play date. They will be so absorbed by the fun activity that they won’t mind you sneaking a couple of moments all to yourself.
A Relaxing Retreat
Sometimes you are so drained, that a couple of moments just won’t do. In those hard instances, you need to do something truly special. Take the day off, put your feet up, and treat yourself to a spa or mani/pedis. Go for a relaxing massage, a dip in the pool, sauna… the entire package!
Not only is it good for your soul, but a day spa treatment can detox your body, and improve your health. Little by little you feel the energy flowing back, and you might even experience a true moment of Zen.
A Delightful Treat
With all the slaving away in the kitchen during the week, leave at least one meal during the week to satisfy your indulgence. Your favorite treat might be the greatest superfood and energizer – chocolate. Dark chocolate has been proven to reduce stress, re-energize and even make you happy. Also, you might take it slow, and make a healthy and delicious snack that will fuel your energy. It will be a savory meal that you have been waiting for.
It might not seem like much, but giving yourself a boost every now and then will make you a super parent yet again. You will feel re-energized, and able to be the best to the most valuable person in your world.
This post is a guest from Sophia Smith.
Sophia Smith is Australian based health, beauty and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about organic beauty products, yoga and healthy lifestyle. Sophia writes mostly in beauty related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life and Ripped.