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It’s no secret that being a parent can be tough.
Children can be wonderfully difficult at times, some days we just can’t do anything right. They get fed up, you get fed up, and everyone ends up frustrated and miserable. Thankfully, those days are few and far between for us. When I do find myself skipping away from the bedtime routine I try my best to relax and de-stress.
Here are my top 10 ways to unwind after a tough day.
- Write down all the good things about your day – even if those good things were few and far between, write them down and go into as much detail as you can. Keeping a diary of positivity will lift your spirits, I find writing very therapeutic (hence why I’m a blogger!).
- Switch off – shut down your technology and ignore the world for a while. Social media has a way of making us feel inadequate, particularly if we are already struggling. When I’m feeling stressed and exhausted, I switch off my phone, turn off the lights and pop on a Spacemask. Spacemasks are amazing and really do work! Follow the link to find out more and order.
- Have a soak – I mentioned the importance of self-care in my 41 self-care ideas post a little while ago. I won’t go into the importance of self-care here as I’ve done enough of that lately, but I highly recommend a big bubble bath to aid relaxation. Nothing quite beats a good soak.
- De-clutter – I know what your thinking… surely the last thing to do when your stressed is de-clutter, right? For me, clutter is a huge trigger for stress. Being around clutter when I’ve had a bad day makes me feel 10 times worse. Clearing the area around me of unwanted or no longer required items is incredibly satisfying and is definitely one of my favourite ways to unwind.
- Immerse yourself in another world – reading a good book allows us to escape our own world and enter the imagination of others, if only for a while.
- Meditate – it’s not all about crossing your legs and humming! Meditation is not something I do often, but I really should. Meditating makes you feel calm and relaxed, it’s the perfect way to unwind. I use the Headspace app.
- Phone a friend – sometimes we just need a good rant. I talk to my best friend on the phone nearly every night and it really helps to take the weight of the day off my shoulders. It’s good to talk and let off some steam.
- Dance – with or without the kid, I love turning the music up high and having a boogie. Seriously, give it a try, you’ll soon forget how rubbish your day has been.
- Get an early night – forget folding the laundry and doing the washing up once the kids are in bed! All of that can wait until the morning, sometimes all we need is sleep.
- Get cosy – put on your comfiest pj’s, grab your fluffiest blanket and light some candles. Grab your book or watch a DVD snuggled up on the sofa.
In a few weeks time I will be sharing my top tips for helping your children to unwind, it’s really important that we unwind at the end of each day no matter how old we are.
I hope the suggestions above help you, do let me know below if you have any other tried and tested ways to unwind.