Being a mother is the greatest job on the planet, yet it can
certainly be one of the toughest and most stressful jobs that
anyone can have with long hours and constant looking out for
your children. Despite this, there is no other job that I would
prefer to have! However there are times, when you're spending 24
hours a day and seven days a week in mother mode, you need to
take a break and de-stress or the continual cleaning and picking
up discarded toys around the house takes its toll and you're put
in an off mood, leaving you no use to yourself or your children.
The following list details some of my favourite ways to get
stress free after long week.
Whether you drop your child or children off at your parents on a
Friday evening and drive to another domestic city or fly out to
another part of the world for a couple of days with either your
partner or with friends, there is nothing more liberating than
knowing your children are cared for by family so that you can
finish being a mother for the weekend and just be yourself for a
short time. Whether you dance and drink the weekend away, visit
the sights of your new location or just book yourself in for a
pampering spa weekend the opportunity to be yourself and not
worry about having to be awake at 5am to care for children and
clean the house blows the stresses of the week and parenthood
right out the window.
·Get out of the House
all of us have the time or family support network to afford us
the chance to leave our children for a weekend and travel to be
ourselves and relax. Some of us need to squeeze in the time to
de-stress during the week and the best way to do this is just to
leave the house for a while, thus removing yourself from being a
parent for a short while. Meeting friends and going shopping,
having lunch and a coffee is a great way to not be a parent for
a short time, while a personal favourite of mine is grabbing
some exercise when my partner is home. Whether I choose just to
go for a run or a cycle instead of hitting the gym the hour of
sweating out the calories makes me feel better and, once I've
showered and changed, I'm ready to take on the world once again!
·Relax at Home
have found that removing yourself from the stresses of home are
the best way to solve the issue of being stressed out, I have
also found some great ways of relaxing and chilling out in my
own home. These involve the children being asleep so that I can
watch my favourite TV series' and films or firing up my laptop
to play some of my favourite games. I have been known to get
sucked into games on Facebook, such as Candy Crush Saga and
Farmville, in an evening, but my guilty pleasure is to deposit a
few pounds online and to play online bingo at Butlers Bingo.
The games do not last long and with the chance of winning big
cash prizes as well as chatting with like minded people sees the
stresses of the day disappear while I'm relaxing on the couch in
the sitting room or tucked up in bed.
While being a parent is a great job we all need time to relax
and be ourselves outside of the role of being a mother so that
the stresses do not overtake us. There are numerous things we
can do to prevent being overtaken by the stress of parenthood,
with some of the options available to do for free, and once
we're less stressed then we're going to happier and enjoy the
time with our children so much more.