The job of a mum is never finished. It feels like working two jobs at the same time and when working full-time at one job and taking care of the kids as the second job, it’s tough to stay energised and true to yourself. This is where it’s important to find outlets to break away, recharge and renew so you can be fully there for your kids when you’re back.
Here are a few ideas for how to unwind to avoid unravelling.
Nights Out with the Girls
There’s no reason that the weekly night out with the girls should stop just because you’ve had kids. Let’s face it, it’s easy to drift away from friendships when you start a family, but this is actually a bad idea. We all need an outlet and as women, we need to relate to other women, not only our husbands. They’re lovely, but sometimes we need another woman’s consideration, ideas or sympathy.
If you are someone who had crazy times with your friends in your early 20s, it may be time to reign that back in. There’s no need to have a night out with your mates and get legless. It is time to be more sensible than that, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun too.
Concerts Will Make You Feel Twenty Again
You probably went to a ton of concerts when you were a teenager or in your early teens. As you got older, you probably fell out of the habit of doing it. It’s a great time to get back into going to a few well-chosen concerts because the bulk of the money that bands make now is from touring and not music sales. You’ll find that many of your favourite 80s and 90s bands are getting back together for a limited tour. You can probably find an official promotional website for them to see when they have new material coming out and announce a new tour.
Getting hold of tickets for sought-after concerts is often like trying to strike gold; it’s possible but unlikely. It’s a good thing that sites like www.ticketsales.com exist to make it easier to grab wicked tickets in a prime place on opening night.
Weekend Trips Away
There are plenty of trips you can take to other cities in the UK or Europe for the weekend. Getting the chance to enjoy other cultures and see the sights is a great refresher. Have your partner take care of the kids while you take a female friend with you to explore a new city as a backpacker.
There are some really good deals available when booking last-minute weekend city breaks. If you’re flexible with which country and city you want to visit, you can save some pounds when booking. Don’t forget to get a Monthly Bus Pass if travelling for a longer period of time!
It is always best to take care of yourself first before taking care of others. As mums, we often forget that rule. It’s like how airlines tell parents that they should put the dangling oxygen mask on themselves first and their child second. This is counterintuitive to most parents who do it the opposite way and put themselves at risk. By taking the first oxygen mask, you take care of yourself so that you can then take care of the child. If you don’t take care of yourself, how can you be responsible for other people too? A good lesson there worth remembering.