We know your me-time is hugely lacking, and you have to re-schedule a million things to be able to watch a non-animated movie with a friend or significant other. Here are some things to help take the crazy out of your world and let you breathe, and remember you are a person too!
- Take a walk: through the trendy part of town, pop into the coffee shops and quirky shops, make it a day with friends and then compare loot as you wind down at someone’s house.
- Book club: start small, but make time to be with friends and add me-time into your week.
- Green fingers: even walking though the nursery is fun, many nurseries now have coffee shops, so soak up the bliss and feel refreshed when you get home.
- Library day! It may seem boring, but the toned down vibe and choice of any book you want to read, is a great feeling, you will also discover lost passions, interests and hobbies.
- Craft markets: are many this time of year, especially those geared toward the Christmas season. Do your shopping there, it beats the stuffy, busy and indoor chaos of the malls.
- Prepare for the festive time: stock up on things that you always need, even getting a few on each weekly shop, it will make the festive rush seem much less if you don’t have to rush out to get something. You will also remember more things now than when the chaos and overbuying of the week before Christmas approaches.
- Help your neighbour: start a holiday roster with neighbours or friends in the area. Once every couple of days, or however often you want to make it, take turns looking after the kids for an hour or two at a time, it will give you all some quiet time to either relax or do gift shopping or other errands.
- Have a plan: kids respond well to structure, if you can tell them that on certain days they will do certain things, it gives them something to look forward to and get excited about, that way, even if you have a lazy day, they know that the following one will be jam-packed.