If it feels like it’s been a long lockdown, don’t worry – you’re not on your own.
Many parents can’t wait for their beloved little ones to go back to school – it’s been nice having them home of course but hearing yourself think is nice too.
The end of lockdown should also be seen as a time to focus on yourself, and finally squeeze in a bit of much-needed (and much-neglected) self-care.
So, these are just three ways that you can finally take some time to work on you, from the small steps to the major leaps – you can do it!
- Make time for yourself
This is easier said than done, but let’s be real – it hasn’t been an easy few months.
And while an all-out self-care routine with bubble baths and wine might not be on the cards, there are plenty of simple ways you can make a little extra time for you.
Whether it’s waking up a little early or taking ten minutes to yourself after everyone has gone to bed, taking part in mindfulness practices such as a quick guided meditation forces you to focus on yourself and can help reduce stress throughout the week.
- Take a holiday
Again, this is easier said than done – for many families, money is tight and three weeks in the Bahamas is a mere pipe dream for most.
But your trip away doesn’t have to be an expensive or extravagant affair. Even just a few days away can make all the difference, and the UK has some great places for city breaks, like London, Edinburgh and York.
By all means, bring the kids with you – it’s the perfect opportunity for a little valuable family time. But if you’re lucky enough to get childcare covered,
If any kind of holiday is out of the question – and for many it is – why not try a staycation? Book a few days off work, rule out any chores, get yourself a takeaway and relax! No cooking, no cleaning, just quality time spent at home.
- Go back to school
With the job market more competitive than ever, those looking for a new role will have to work harder than ever before to find their dream job.
But for a head start, a new qualification will help you to stand out from the crowd, boost your personal development and could even be your key to a whole new career path.
However, for most parents, leaving your job to go to university just isn’t realistic. However, there are many more flexible solutions.
ARU Distance Learning offers a diverse of full-time and part time remote learning courses that are designed to fit around just about any busy lifestyle. The courses enables parents to continue their full-time jobs and juggle responsibilities whilst learning new skills for the future.
These are just three simple ways you can focus on YOU after lockdown.