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How to Enjoy more Me Time as a Parent

Thursday, 19 July 2018

The concept of having free time when you’re a parent is something of a joke, isn't it? If your children don't need one thing or another, then you need to make sure that you’re keeping on top of your work or doing bits around the house. There's always something that needs to be done!

But you've got to remember to find that time to focus on yourself. You are important too, and you cannot pour from an empty cup. This is especially important for your mental health! So even if you’ve only got a limited amount of time during the day, I've shared some ideas for how you can enjoy that 'me' time.


If you’ve got a spare twenty minutes (and that means actually spare, not the time to catch up on tidying), then don’t spend your time scrolling through Facebook and other social media accounts. Instead, head outdoors. The benefits of walking have long been understood, yet they rarely get a mention these days. A brief stroll around the block will clear your head, refresh you, and allow your mind to drift in whatever direction it pleases. You can even do have little ones, strap them in the buggy and it may even get them to nap too!

Once the children are in bed, why not ignore the housework (it will still be there tomorrow!), and transport yourself into another world - be it one in a book or on the screen. There’s nothing quite like spending an hour engrossed in your favourite tv show to help reset the madness of parenthood. If you don’t have access to high-quality channels, look at getting cable from a provider like Suddenlink. And don’t worry if you’re not much of a reader, a magazine or paper might be more of your style.

It can often feel like we live in a parenting bubble when we have children, can't it? Our kids dictate how we spend our days, and most adult interactions tend to be with other parents. If you have an hour of free time, why not meet up with one of your non-parent friends. They’ll be a timely reminder that there’s a world beyond parenting life. This one is especially good if you turn it into a night out too!

If you were active before you had children, then why not look at heading back to the gym. It’ll make you feel great, and will give the bonus of giving you more energy too. Most gyms have creches now, so there's no need to worry about childcare. Or go in the evening once everyone is in bed!

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