With all the time you devote to keeping the house in order, taking care of your partner and children and dealing with the unexpected, it can be hard to find time for yourself. You deserve some solitude and calm; here are some simple ideas to ensure you get that important 'me time'.
Give yourself a break
Keep supper simple, or make your partner cook for a change, and ensure that everybody is in bed on time. You could hire a babysitter, which gives you the entire evening off. Make sure you have done all the necessary housework before you start to relax. Tell your children and the babysitter only to call in an emergency - a lost toothbrush does not count as an emergency. Set your video to record any favourite programs - you should not be a slave to the TV on your night of relaxation.
With a hectic daily routine, you barely have time for a decent shower, let alone a relaxing bath. When you do find time, make it as decadent as possible. Place tea lights all around the bath and light a scented candle or oil burner, and have a glass of your favourite drink and maybe some snacks at the ready. For the consummate multi-tasker, wallowing in a bath doing nothing quickly becomes a bore. Take a pile of trashy light-reading in with you and catch up on some celebrity gossip.
In every bathroom, there are bottles of lotions, potions and creams that have been given as gifts but never used. Why not experiment with these products? You will feel like you have spent the day in a spa, and who knows, you might find a miracle cream or lotion that becomes a new favourite?
If your partner is available, ask him/her to give you a relaxing massage-you can promise to return the favour at a later date. Otherwise, teach your children to give foot rubs - it is good to enrol them early! Alternatively, giving yourself a foot rub can be just as satisfying.
Repeat as necessary
Time out isn't a luxury-it's a necessity, and you deserve it simply by doing the work that you do. If you put aside time for yourself on a regular basis, you will feel less stressed and find the time spent with your family more enjoyable. While these relaxation tips will help you blissfully drift off, even ten minutes' peace can work wonders.