While it may seem that there aren’t enough hours in the week to get everything done, it is important to squeeze in a little time for some rest and relaxation.
At the end of the day, if you’re stressed out and tired, you’re going to take it out on those around you so it benefits everyone if you stay in top form.
While a spa weekend away or a holiday abroad are ideal to recharge the batteries, they’re not always practical when it comes to the budget so here are a few ideas that won’t cost the earth but will leave you stress-free and happy.
Set up a book club
Mothers all over the world know that Book Club is code word for “a set time every week/month when I’m out of the house and can chill out with the girls”. Everyone takes a turn in hosting, you chat about the book for five minutes and then you have a good laugh with your mates. The perfect night out for the price of a library subscription.
Run a bath
If you have a bath at home, lucky you – it’s basically a free spa. Pop in some of that fancy bath oil you got for Christmas, treat yourself to your favourite magazine, pop on your iPod so you can’t hear the madness outside and unwind. Heaven.
There’s nothing like the little boost you get from a new purchase and with online shopping, you don’t have to leave the house. Take half an hour once the kids are in bed, have a glass of wine and enjoy a good browse. You might find a bargain and have a little package in the mail to look forward to later in the week!
Romance is generally the first thing that goes out the window in a busy household but can be just the ticket if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed. Call in your bestie/family for babysitting duties and book a table for two somewhere nice. With early-bird deals, it doesn’t need to be expensive and a reminder that you have someone in your corner is a great way to lighten the load.
Go to the gym
We know this sounds a bit more like a punishment than a treat but bear with us. First off, you get an hour of uninterrupted peace. Second, working out is a great stress-buster after a long day. Three, sign up for a class and you might make a few new friends. Also, you’ll have buns of steel by Christmas – winning!
When we need to escape, we head to the cinema. Why? You have to turn off your phone for two hours, you live someone else’s life instead of your own and you can stuff your face with popcorn and chocolate. Best break ever.
If you can afford a little splurge, a manicure is a lovely pick-me-up during a hard week. Even if you spend the next fortnight in a tracksuit, you’ll feel glam every time you look down at your hands. It can also be a great opportunity for an overdue catch-up with a friend.
Watch the world go by
We’re conditioned to spend our time around people but sometimes, a little silence is the best therapy of all. Take an hour, grab a table outside a café, sip a coffee and people watch. Simple but effective!