Being a parent is stressful. Kids are brats and more often than not I feel like mine would be much better off if I simply sold them to a family of gypsies. Maybe I’m a terrible mom, but I think we can all say we’ve had those days where we daydream of dropping them off in a basket and letting them float down the river to their magical new family of wild creatures where they could be happy and free… but of course, we would miss them.
Honestly, If we didn’t get to take a chill pill every now and then, I feel like we’d all go crazy and not everyone can afford a midlife crisis… amirite?
So, last weekend I decided to take a trip back to my hometown for a few days to stay with a friend for her birthday. I was fortunate enough to be able to travel by myself while Clayton stayed at home with the kids. I desperately needed a kid free weekend and time to spend with my best friend and catch up with a few other people that I haven’t seen in far too long.
Over the weekend I started to think about how important it really is for parents (moms AND dads!) to be able to make time for themselves. While it’s true that not everyone gets the opportunity to disappear for a night or a weekend, there are always other options for little pick- me-ups that can help you wind down and relax.
The best thing to do is pick a night or two, out of the week and designate that as your relaxation time. Give yourself a chance to wind down and spend an hour or so on yourself. You’d be surprised how much better you feel by just allowing yourself to take a break.
After my kids go down for bed and I finally get an ounce of damn peace and quiet, it’s mommy rejuvenation time. Here are my suggestions for a quick relax-
Adult coloring books
Okay, so my first time hearing about adult coloring books I was half horrified and half disappointed that they weren’t actually “adult” themed. I mean, you can’t help but be curious of the potential there… Adult coloring books are basically coloring books that are complicated or have more intricate designs than your average Hello Kitty or Disney Princess coloring book. Coloring has always been a relaxing thing for me, it helps you focus on something simple for a minute. There are tons of book options but this one is my favorite. If you like ones with super intricate details, this one is great too. Also, they have some awesome ones with cuss words that are quite humorous for when you feel like blowing off some real steam.
Need I say more? Like really? Some days a good ol’ glass of wine (or two…or three…) just does the trick. You can sit and do absolutely nothing while you enjoy your glass or you can multitask and pair it with another relaxation activity.
So, you don’t have to go all out and full on spa treat yourself (bonus points if you can!) but sometimes a nice calm bath does wonders. Dim you lights, consult suggestion number 2, throw in a bath bomb or bubble of your choice, light candles if you’re into that…. Then do absolutely nothing and soak in the cozy.
Okay, so this one is a little different. Sometimes if you’re rehabilitating from an overly stressful day, sometimes you just need to kill stuff. I play this one with my husband and we kick ass together. However, if you’re playing a game and you’re losing, that can add more stress. So, if you decide to play a game, don’t suck at it.
Watch your favorite show
After the kids go to bed is pretty much the only time that I get to have to watch my “mommy” shows. As much as we all enjoy TROLLS… (haha) there is only so much of it we can handle. Amazon Prime video is where it’s at. Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial
Just kidding! Don’t clean, just burn everything you don’t want to look at in the morning… okay, but for real. Some people do feel better or more relaxed after a few minutes of clean up. Having a clean space can be pretty relaxing. I fight it all the time because I hate spending my “relaxation” time cleaning, but truth be told, even I feel just a little bit better after a quick 5 min pick up.
Some of these may seem pretty obvious, yet there are still parents out there who never do these things or don’t bother to give themselves a little “me” time. We do everything we can to provide for our tiny humans, that we forget that we need a little TLC.
What are some of your favorite ways to relax? Leave me a comment and let me know.
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