As Mums, we often joke about the little breaks from the kids and staying there. Then we find ourselves hiding in my cupboards eating biscuits, to avoid the toddler finding them and asking to share. But are there any other, usually mundane tasks, that many parents use as a break or’ time out’. Because let’s face it we all deserve some time alone occasionally, especially when we are keeping the small children fed, clothed and healthy.
Sometimes the most basic of tasks such as shopping can be just as relaxing as anything else. Food shopping tends to be the type of shop we do most often, however taking a little detour on the way to the supermarket, to your favourite clothes shop can give you a little bit of extra me time. Also doing the food shop itself without small children adding extra things into the trolley, asking questions can really seem like an actual holiday. Even if your shopping trip is geared towards buying things for your children, it’s still quite a mindful task having to find the right items, in the right shops. It doesn’t have to be anything spectacular to make a difference.
This one seems a little more obvious as a ‘me time’ activity, as there are many people who do have their hair done very frequently, and have the full treatment. However, many of us don’t have the time to spare or even a trim. So booking yourself in for an actual haircut and blowdry at the hairdressers, is a real treat, plus having a hot drink that you can drink while its still hot and read a magazine, without any distractions can be a rare occurrence.
Cleaning & Dancing
Most of us would be lying if we said we didn’t put the music on, and dance around like it’s 1999 while doing the cleaning in our home. Quite often the cleaning is done when the house is empty. It’s therapeutic to listen to music, sing along and dance, we have been moving to music for as long as history books have been written, so there is clearly something in this! It also makes a mundane job a little easier.
This one will depend entirely on whether you are a confident driver or not obviously, but driving to and from various places can be enjoyable if again, music has added into the equation. You can also take yourself on a little drive after the school run if you have time and find some lovely scenery to experience some me time in.
So as well as the good old-fashioned “do nothing with a cup of tea “there are plenty of options to squeeze in some me-time out of your busy life, it’s essential to look after ourselves as well as the children so add some of these to your to-do list.