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It’s no secret that being a parent can be tough. Children can be wonderfully difficult at times. Often we just can’t do anything right. They get fed up, you are fed up, and everyone ends up frustrated and miserable. Thankfully, those days are few and far between for us. The children have reached ages where they know when they need some time out, and they are far more aware of when they’ve pushed me too far. However, when I do find myself skipping away from the bedtime routine, I try my best to unwind before I head to bed myself. Unwinding before bed contibutes to a more restful sleep. I wake up feeling far happier, lighter and fully prepared for the day ahead.
There are many ways you can unwind after a tough day. Below are my top 10. I try not to use the same method more than twice in a week as I don’t want my go-to methods to lose effectiveness. What works for one may not work for another. It’s important to explore several methods and find out what works for you.
- Write down all the good things about your day – even if those good things were few and far between. Write it all down and go into as much detail as you can. Keeping a diary of positivity will lift your spirits.
- 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!
- 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. However, I highly recommend a big bubble bath to aid relaxation. Nothing quite beats a good soak. If you are in need of a more extensive dose of self-care take a look at my 10 Day Self Love Challenge.
- De-clutter – I know what your thinking… surely the last thing to do when your stressed is de-clutter and tidy, right? Clutter can be a huge trigger for stress. Being around clutter when you’ve had a bad day will make you feel even worse. Clearing the area around you of unwanted or no longer required items will feel incredibly satisfying. De-cluttering is one of my favourite ways to unwind. If you aren’t sure where to start my de-clutter challenge could be exactly what you need.
- 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 – Meditating allows you to 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. 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 kids, just dance your frustrations away. I love turning the music up high and having a boogie. Seriously, give it a try!
- Get an early night – ignore the jobs that still need doing, forget about any plans you may have had for after the children have gone to bed and give your mind and body the rest and recouperation it requires.
- Get cosy – pull the curtains, put on your comfiest pj’s, light some candles and get cosy with a good book or your favourite film.
Now you know some tried and tested ways to unwind after a tough day, it’s probably a good idea to learn how to help the kid’s relax too! Check out my top tips for helping your child/children to unwind here. I hope this post proves useful for you. If any of my suggestions work for you please do let me know! I’d love to hear about your favourite ways to unwind. If it’s not mentioned above feel free to let me know in the comments below.