Finding time to unwind

It’s not easy to unwind as a parent. Sometimes it can feel almost impossible. But it’s important that we take a little bit of time to do it, for our own health and wellbeing. And if parents are healthy and happy, that has a really positive effect on the kids too.

I’ve got three ways to unwind.

For me, the biggest one is running. You can’t beat it – the feeling of strength, the adrenaline, the fresh air… And if I don’t have time to run, walking is just as good. Even a brisk 20 minutes in the fresh air, whether on my own or with the kids, will make a difference to the way I feel – more energised, less sluggish, happier and ready to face the day.

Cheltenham half marathon, Half marathon, Selfie

I also love to read. I’d much rather read a book than watch television. I love to get lost in another character’s world and feel their emotions. This year, I’ve read a lot more books than usual and am averaging a book every 10 days. I’ve read some amazing ones (you can check out my reviews every Friday if you want some recommendations).

Books, Reading, Unwinding, Relaxation

The final one is, not surprisingly, blogging. When I sit down at my computer to write something, I feel relaxed. It’s like all my cares float away as soon as my fingers touch the keys.

So how do you unwind?

Furniture company Rattan Direct is keen to know more about how parents unwind and they’ve launched a survey to find out.

They’re also interested to know how parents intend to spend Christmas this year – at home or travelling a long way? With my daughter in panto again this year, I know we won’t be travelling, but I don’t yet know if we’re having my parents to our house for the big day or if we’re going to their house!

Rattan Direct also wants to know if Brexit has affected your spending around the home and garden. I must admit, Brexit was a huge shock to me, but, apart from a poor exchange rate with the Euro for our recent holiday to Italy, I haven’t noticed any other changes. That’s not to say I’m not still concerned for the future and I’m sure we will feel more of an impact one Article 50 has been triggered. I really hope we manage to get our dreaded ensuite done before we feel it too much though!

It would be great if you could spend a few minutes completing the survey right here

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. I find this really difficult. Reading is definitely my thing to help me to unwind I always do this before sleeping x

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    • It is hard, isn’t it? I always read before going to sleep too. I like to sneak in a bit over lunchtime when the kids are at school too. x

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  2. It is so important to unwind especially when you have kids. My husband unwinds by running, and I tend to unwind by blogging and reading other people’s posts. I need to get back into reading as for some reason I have got out of the habit of picking up my book before bedtime. I didn’t realise your daughter was back in Panto this year, how fantastic for her. I need to start thinking about Christmas. We have been away twice for Christmas and would love to do it again one year x

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    • Reading a book is a great way to unwind! I’m reading less blogs these days, mainly because most of the bloggers I used to blog are blogging a lot less or not at all. I’m enjoying reading more books.
      Yes, I’m very excited about my daughter being back in panto. Less than two weeks until rehearsals start – I can’t wait! x

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