Okay, so we know it isn’t easy finding time for yourself, and if you’re at home with the kids during the school holidays it can seem impossible, especially if you’re trying to fit in some work as well. If, among the multi-tasking chaos, you can manage to find a quiet 20 minutes, here are a few suggestions on how to enjoy those precious moments for maximum recharge.
Top tips to help you relax
- Listen to some music. Confession time. I still listen to Radio 1. My husband says that I’m trying to cling to my youth (I’m 36, probably not quite in Radio 1’s target demographic) but I honestly don’t feel ready for Radio 2 just yet. Recently I’ve been listening to more of my own music, which I really haven’t done in a while. I’d forgotten how great it is, and how music can transport you anywhere. Put something on that you love, turn it up, and enjoy.
- Read a magazine. Whether you’re looking for fashion or home inspiration, or you just want a good old trashy read, magazines are the perfect escapism. Even though the high-end fashion modelled by 20-something Kendall Jenner-types, may not *quite* suit our school-run lifestyles, I still enjoy glossy magazines, and they always feel like a real treat.
- Power nap. Rest your eyes. Bliss. Even 20 minutes of shut-eye is meant to be beneficial to your health and energy levels. Just don’t forget to set an alarm in case you properly doze off (very likely!).
- Meditate. In case you missed it, everyone is meditating these days. You do need to invest some time in learning the proper techniques, but once you’ve got it sussed, 20 minutes of meditation will do you the world of good. Learning to switch off and fully relax the mind and body will allow you to reset, shift any negativity, and be ready to face the rest of your day in a positive mindset.
- Do yoga. There are plenty of 20-minute yoga flow sequences designed to re-energise you. I swear by yoga-inspired workouts for keeping my dodgy back in check and clearing my mind.
- Eat and drink. Have you been so busy today that you haven’t eaten properly, or drunk enough water? Take this time to refuel your body.
- Read a book. There’s nothing better than losing yourself in a good book, right? Although most of the books I’ve read since having my son have been about how not to be a rubbish parent. What are you reading right now? Let me know in the comments if you have a good (non-parenting) book to recommend.
- Pamper yourself. Put on a face mask. Moisturise. Paint your nails. Pluck those wayward eyebrows. Little things can help you to feel fab.
- Have a bath. The ultimate in at-home relaxation. Use a good quality bubble bath (try one with special muscle relaxants for extra oomph), light candles, and cross your fingers that your kids don’t wake up while you’re bathing. Their timing is always spot on, isn’t it? Okay, ready? And…relax.
Let me know in the comments below if you have any other ideas!