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Ways to Treat Yourself When the Kids Are Away

As a parent, it's easy to get caught up in the daily routine of taking care of the kids. Their needs, activities and schedules can quickly take over your life. So, when you finally get some time to yourself while the kids are away at their grandparents, on a trip with dad, or a school outing, it's important to take advantage of it. Use the time wisely to recharge your own batteries and treat yourself to some much-deserved relaxation and pampering.

Get More Sleep

One of the best ways to treat yourself when the kids are gone is to simply get more sleep. With young ones in the house, sleep is often disrupted and you may find yourself missing out on rest. Take the opportunity to sleep in later, take naps or go to bed earlier while they are away. Your body and mind will appreciate getting the rest it craves.

Indulge in Relaxation

Make relaxation a priority during your alone time. Light some candles, take a long hot bath or get a massage. Practice yoga, meditate or just sit quietly with a cup of tea. Listen to calming music or get lost in a good book. Do whatever relaxes your body and mind. With no kids to look after, you can fully unwind without interruption.

Book a Weekend Getaway

Plan an indulgent weekend away in a secluded hot tub lodge York while the kids are gone. Imagine relaxing by the fire or in the hot tub under the stars, hiking through nature, sleeping in and enjoying leisurely breakfasts. A weekend escape immersed in nature is the perfect way to hit the reset button.

Pamper Yourself

Use the time when the kids are gone to pamper yourself from head to toe. Give yourself a facial, a pedicure and trim and shape your nails. Style your hair and experiment with makeup. Exfoliate your skin and use luxurious lotions and body butters. Wear your fancy lingerie and lounge in a super soft robe. Feeling beautiful and pampered does wonders for your mood and self-esteem.

Indulge Your Tastes

Get creative in the kitchen and cook yourself your favourite meals that perhaps the kids don’t appreciate. Try new recipes you’ve been wanting to explore or learn a new baking technique. Enjoy leisurely meals while reading or catching up on shows. Wine and dine yourself without having to cater to the tastes of little ones.

Get Moving Your Way

With kids, your workout routine has likely taken a backseat. Use this time to exercise on your own terms. Do a dance or fitness video, go for a run, bike or swim, hit the gym or take a class you’ve been wanting to try like yoga, Pilates or spinning. Or just go for a long walk while listening to motivating music or your favourite podcast. Exercise is a great way to release stress and boost endorphins.

The next time your kids head off for a sleepover or trip, take full advantage. Follow one or more of these pampering ideas to recharge yourself. You’ll return to family life feeling refreshed, relaxed and better able to appreciate your time with the children. Taking care of yourself benefits the whole family, so don't feel guilty about treating yourself when you get the chance.


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