Can you believe it’s April already? I guess it’s nearly May! This year is flying by so quickly, it can be difficult to keep up. Hard to believe that once Easter is over with, the kids are starting the Summer Term at school! With all the deadlines, errands, social commitments and hectic weekends it can be really difficult to find any time for yourself. You might think that you don’t need any R&R but studies have shown that making time for yourself and indulging in activities that you enjoy can have a positive effect on your mental wellbeing.
Unsure of where to start? Don’t worry, here you’ll find 5 ways to spoil yourself this month…
Get a health MOT
Being a parent means that we’re always putting our little ones first. Which is wonderful, but that can often lead to us neglecting ourselves. When it comes to visiting our GPs or the dentist (for dentists in Weybridge click the link), most parents put it way down the list of their priorities. But if you want to spoil yourself, you need to start looking after yourself. Whether that’s booking yourself a dental appointment to have your teeth checked and cleaned, or meeting with your GP to discuss any concerns about your health you might have.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll have a stack of books somewhere in the house that you bought or borrowed with every intention of reading them. But when life gets in the way, it usually means hobbies take a back seat. So, if reading is something you enjoy, then as soon as you have as little as twenty minutes to yourself or even when the kids have gone to bed, pick up that book and indulge yourself. Don’t worry, that ironing can wait.
Take a nap
You might laugh, but I’m serious! Most of us are sleep deprived and simply don’t get enough hours of sleep a night. So, you know what they say – when the baby sleeps, you sleep! If your little one is napping, then go and have a rest yourself. Or if you have ten minutes to spare until your next errand, then put your feet up and rest.
Go to the spa
Yes, a whole weekend away at a spa is the perfect way to relax and unwind. But most of us are either lacking in time, funds or babysitting services, so it’s not always practical. With that in mind, why not book yourself a few hours at your local spa and enjoy the facilities for just a small part of the afternoon or morning. Alternatively, head to your local beauty parlour and see if they have any facial or massage treatments available. It’s a great way to spend 20 minutes!
Having somewhere to write down your thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams is a must. Sometimes, as parents – our own thoughts get drowned out by the needs of our families, so having somewhere to express our thoughts is a wonderful way to relax. Treat yourself to some new stationary and a new notebook!