5 Ways To Treat Yourself (Guide for Parents)

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Being a parent is hard work and parents deserve a treat. Whether it’s a planned event or just an impromptu relaxation session, it’s okay to do something just for you. Here are 5 Ways to Treat Yourself for Parents.

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The following ideas can be used to treat a parent or parents of any kind. Married couples, single parents, step parents, parents of babies, parents of teenagers or any type of family. Some require a little money while others are free.

If you are anything like me, you put everyone else before you and never find any time for yourself. While it’s great to help others, we all need “me” time

5 Ways to Treat Yourself

The most important thing is to remember to take the time to treat yourself. I know it’s hard to find the time, I do. When the kids go to bed, most days I just want to curl up on my bed and sleep. If it’s been one of those days, pick one of the more relaxed ways to treat yourself below.

Takeout Doesn’t Have to Be for the Whole Family

Takeout Doesn't Have to Be for the Whole FamilyFeed the kids something quick and easy and then send them to bed. Once they are in bed, order in for just you, or just you and your significant other. To make it even more of a treat, order something different than what you always order. You don’t have to feed the kids so no worrying about ordering food that’s more mild or will make your picky children happy. Order what YOU like. Need some ideas or want to find a place to order from? You can use Just-Eat to order directly from participating restaurants in Canada that are close to you.

Have a Spa Night at Home

Spa At Home

You can customize this for your wants and needs. Soak in the tub with some candles and mood music. Add a glass of wine or champagne if that’s something that appeals to you. If not, perhaps a flavoured water or some iced tea or lemonade. Whatever makes you feel good. Just relax in the tub the whole time or actually give yourself a spa treatment. Do your own manicure and pedicure, put cucumber slices over your eyes and use a face mask. If your significant other would be into it, you can take turns in the tub (unless you are one of those lucky people with a huge tub.) Do each other’s hands, give each other a massage. Tailor the spa night for however long you have too. Only have 30 minutes till your kids come home from school? Soak and do your nails at the same time.

Yoga, Tai Chi or Progressive Relaxation

Do Yoga, Tai Chi or Progressive Relaxation

All three are great for renewing your mind and body and de-stressing. All three can be free if you do them at home on your own. Use the library to find books or videos to show you how to do it if you don’t know how. Remember to take your time and go slow, none of them should be rushed. If you have the time and money, take a class.

I’ll start you off by telling you Progressive Relaxation is when you lie still on your back and deep breath until you are in a state of relaxation and slow breath. Then you tense up and then fully relax the different parts of your body one at a time until your whole body feels relaxed. For example tense up your foot, then relax. Move up your body, alternating sides for body parts you have more than one of and remembering to hold the tensing before you relax. If you fall asleep, that’s okay.

Go to Your Favourite Place

Go To Your Favourite Place - And Shop If You Want

If you have the chance to actually leave the house, take some time to go to your favourite place. It could be the park, the library, a book store, the shoe store, the gym, the movie theater, the museum, a friend’s house, ANYWHERE. Remember it’s a treat, so don’t go somewhere because you’ve been needing to go there or you feel you should. This is the time to go that place you love going but never seem to have the time anymore. If it’s a place you can spend money and you have some, go shopping. If you don’t have money to spend, window shop or make a wish list for your next birthday. Just enjoy it.

Curl Up with a Good Book (or Magazine)

Curl Up With a Good Book

It seems like the more children you have, the less time you have for reading. So when you do get even a few moments to yourself, grab a book. Not a parenting book, not required reading for a class, but the book you’ve been wanting to get to for a while but just haven’t had the time.  Not a book person? A magazine or three works too! Although technically reading is a single person activity, if your significant other likes to read too, sometimes it’s fun to read together. You each read your own book, you just sit together while doing it. You’re spending time together but still treating yourself with what you are interested in.

So tell me, have you done any of these recently? Do you have another idea for how to treat yourself?


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