Parenthood is very demanding, and everyone wants to put family first. Sometimes, however, it’s worth pausing to consider the difference a little “you” time can make. Yes, this means taking a break from organised family life to prioritise your own wellbeing, no matter how you achieve that. Luckily, there are lots of activities that you can choose, depending on your personal preferences. Here are a few ideas for you to consider.
Contrary to what you might think, everyone else’s family life does not run like clockwork, with no hassles or unexpected setbacks. In fact, most parents would readily admit that they have to muddle through, at least some of the time – even the most organised ones. While a day trip to a spa is an unlikely dream for busy mums, whether working outside the home or not, you can get a quick fix via shorter therapies.
For example, Reiki Indian head massage is known to be effective against stress, and you can book sessions that last 30 minutes or an hour. You can also check out your local salon as many new stylists are now being trained in scalp massage techniques as part of looking after their clients’ wellbeing. If you can escape to the hairdressers every now and again, make sure you benefit from a massage at the same time.
When time is short, it’s lovely to have a quick chat on the phone with friends, or even to meet up over a coffee. Social media exchanges can be really quick, and you can check in to lots of apps for a quick catch up with what your online friends are doing. Facebook and Twitter are among the most popular, and Pinterest is great if you love to keep up with the latest trends.
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An episode of your favourite TV show can be relaxing as well as fun, and if you love a good game or a puzzle, there’s a lot of choice, both offline and online. In fact, the internet has made a big impact on the world of gaming, and many games are now available online. If you love the traditional crossword, Scrabble or Sudoku, you can do these and many more on your phone, laptop or tablet.
Other short, fun games available online include casino-style slots and free scratchcards. Newer games have popped up as a direct result of the accessibility of the internet, and these tend to be role playing or simulation games, which you can drop into and out of depending on the time you have available.
Making the most
If you like to spend your free time fruitfully, you might want to search for new recipes or stay abreast of the latest news and weather. Creating your family tree online is also fun and can be done piecemeal, as and when you have the opportunity. In a way, it doesn’t matter what sort of quick break activity you choose, as long as it really works for you.