If you are a stay-at-home mum or a working mum, chances are you are always busy and can never seem to find a moment to yourself. For working mums, your time likely consists of a full day at work and then coming home to be a full-time parent. If you’re a stay-at-home mum, then you’re a cook, cleaner, caretaker, jungle gym, teacher, and so much more. Parents never have it easy, but they can find ways to carve out time for themselves to relax and wind down.
After all, your kids won’t always need what feels like 24/7 supervision, and you will be able to relax as they get older.
Treat Yourself to New Experiences
Treat yourself to new experiences. You could take a class that guarantees personal time, or if you want to bring this tip into your own home, you could try subscription boxes.
Subscription boxes allow you to try out different things without the hassle of heading to the store and exploring yourself. You can have new discoveries delivered directly to your door, all at a low price. Subscribe to a beauty or wellness box to enjoy new bath products once a week and pamper yourself on a regular basis. Get a Heady Mix subscription box and have your next favourite read delivered directly to your door.
There are so many different types of subscription boxes that will allow you to really explore your interests without wasting time or money trying new things. They are the perfect treat you need as a busy parent, and something you can gift yourself any time in the year.
Schedule Mum Time
If you want time for yourself, you have to make sure that your partner and kids are on board with that time. This can easily be done by setting ground rules, and most importantly, consequences. It’s the same sort of rule that stops your kids from rushing into your room early in the morning just because they are bored.
Setting boundaries and having your kids respect them is so important. Just remember that your kids are also allowed to set their own boundaries and need those to be respected, too. If it’s a two-way street, you can get your alone time and teach your kids invaluable lessons at the same time.
To carve out his chunk of time, all you need is to make it consistent. After dinner, for example, you can have alone time and enjoy a nice long bath when your partner is in charge, or, if your kids are older, they can care for themselves. Just an hour or two a day will make such a difference to your stress levels and mental health.
Get Your Kids Helping with the Chores
You are actually doing your children a disservice by not asking them do the chores. Instead, do chores together. After dinner, everyone can have a job to help clean up. From washing dishes to wiping down the counter or taking out the bins, everything will get done faster and no one has a right to complain because everyone is partaking.
The benefits are that your individual effort is reduced, your kids learn how to take care of themselves, and you can actually bond during this time instead of taking off in your separate corners of the home.