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Remember to take a break sometimes


Life with children bears little resemblance to the carefree existence you had before they came along, when all you had to worry about was yourself. That’s not to say you’d have it any differently, of course, but there are times when you’re a mum that you can feel pulled every which way and never have time for a break.
However, if you don’t make time for yourself every now and then, you’ll liable to get stressed and wound up and end up feeling impatient with everyone around you, including the kids. So even though it may seem a bit selfish to take time out for yourself, it will actually do all of you some good.
You don’t have to go far from home to achieve this – in fact you don’t even have to leave the house. So there’s no need to book a babysitter, or get Granny to come and watch the kids. There are plenty of ways you can take a break at home when the baby’s napping or the children are watching their favourite TV show.

Take a breather
If you feel really exhausted and are craving a nap, but don’t have the time to take one, try this instead. Lie down with the blinds or curtains drawn, having turned off all electronic devices so you won’t be disturbed. Close your eyes and focus simply on the pattern of your breathing. Allow that focus to be the only thing you think about and you’ll gradually start to breathe more slowly and more deeply. Five minutes of concentrating on your breathing can give you a real energy boost and when you go back to the normal routine, you’ll feel like you’ve had a power nap!
Be self-indulgent
Don’t just sit down and have a coffee while you check your emails. You can do that later. Take five minutes to give yourself a mini-treatment. Massage some moisturiser into your hands or feet or file your nails and give them a polish. These treats don’t have to be done at the end of the day when the kids are in bed. Give yourself a little lift by taking care of yourself in the middle of the day!
However you choose to relax it’ll give you a boost and make the rest of your day go far more smoothly than if you just try to keep going. Make me time a part of your daily routine – you’ll feel better for it.

10 comments

  1. I do try and when the kids are all in bed I do try to relax and unwind before bed! X

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  2. I am all for taking time out and it can be done whilst little ones are playing. You can still watch them whilst you do a bit of pampering

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  3. Just spent most of my evening giving a good friend similar advice to this!!

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  4. This is the best advice you can get, well said :)

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  5. Thank you It is one of my New Year Resolutions to relax and unwind at some point during the day I am even starting to meditate.

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  6. So important, without it I could have possibly committed murder by now!!

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  7. A very good post. I think we all just keep going and end up exhausted - motherhood doesn't mean self neglect!

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