Does parenthood ever make you feel like you’re permanently nursing the hangover from hell – even although you haven’t had a drink?
Yup, us too.
Raising kids while striving for that work-life balance is tough for couples and the plate spinning is compounded if you’re a single parent. Which is why it’s vital that you build some ‘me time’ into your weekly routine – or at least slot some R&R into your calendar.
With that in mind, here’s how to treat yourself with five cathartic self-care tips.
Do you like busting a move when your favourite song randomly comes on the radio? There’s increasing evidence that dancing has all manner of health benefits – including boosting mood, increasing muscular strength and endurance, and improving the condition of your heart and lungs. So dance like no-one’s watching at home or book an online lesson from Fred Astaire Dance Studios!
- Forest bathing
If you live reasonably near a park, woodland or nature reserve, try to get out amongst the trees with the leaves and grass under your feet at least a couple of times a week. Combine your forest bathing with some deep breathing and you’ll be amazed as the anxiety washes away within a few minutes in a calm, natural setting.
An original way of healing mind, body and soul which was developed in Japan by Mikao Usui in the early 20th century, reiki harnesses a natural healing energy which triggers your body’s self-healing capacity. It’s not a medical treatment, but many devotees report that it really enhances their lives – find out more from The Reiki Council.
- Spa day
When was the last time you really pampered yourself – you’re probably struggling to remember, right? Booking yourself into a spa for the day means you can unwind all the way with a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure and anything else that takes your fancy. So get yourself a babysitter, book a session and turn off your mobile phone when you get there. Go on – you deserve it.
- Smile boost
Do you feel self-conscious about your smile? Lots of people do, but the good news is that nowadays there are a number of discrete cosmetic dental treatments which you can pay in instalments and provide peace of mind whenever you grin ear to ear. Pros like the Portman Dental Clinic offer various whitening, straightening and alignment treatments and even throw in a free consultation. Remember what little orphan Annie said – ‘you’re never fully dressed without a smile’.
The five cathartic self-care tips will make you feel more human again and give your batteries a much-needed recharge.
Plus, having something to look forward to keeps you going on those mornings when you’ve got a screaming baby throwing food at you and a toddler chewing your ankle – good luck!