Put yourself first
Tips busy parents for unwinding after a long day.
Do you know how in those airplane safety demonstrations they always tell you to put your oxygen mask on before you put your children's on? Well that should applied to your life in general too. Because if you're falling apart at the seams how are you going to take care of your children properly?
But the reality is that we do put our children first. Because isn't that the very definition of a parent? But when the kids go to bed at night it's very important to take some time and do something for yourself. Here are some tips to unwind after the kids are in sleepy land.
Sure, when they go to sleep there are still 5 million other things that need doing but it's so important to take time out to take care of yourself too.
Take a bath
Run a bath, light some candles, take a book or some music and just soak. Give the baby monitor to your partner for half an hour or however long you need to relax.
Make time for your partner
My husband and I have some series that we watch together. It's a great bonding time for us which is also a very important thing to prioritise. Think about it, you invest so much time and effort in your children and your relationship is put on the back burner. Then one day, the kids are grown up and moved out and you don't recognise the person sleeping next to you because you've grown apart. A date night once a month (because let's be honest - the kids do rule our lives) is also highly recommended.
Do something you love
Whether it's reading, blogging, gaming, scrap booking or even catching up on Facebook. Take some time and do something you enjoy doing. Remember you are a person outside of being a parent.
Don't browse your phone just before going to sleep
This is something I struggle with and I will often find myself browsing my phone with droopy eyes thinking "Why am I still awake?!". It doesn't help to switch your mind off and relax. It just sends my mind racing trying to remember all the things I need to do the next day. A tip we got from one of our Facebook users was to make a physical to-do list, it can help calm your mind to fall asleep.
What do you do to unwind once the kids have gone to bed?