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How to Make Time for Yourself Now School’s Back

School is back! Whether this is a source of relief for you or a source of stress, we know that your kids are not the only ones having to adjust once again to a school schedule.

What to do when the kids are away at school (or occupied with remote learning)? First of all, know that it’s absolutely fine—in fact, it’s encouraged!—to have a little 'me time' as a parent. Don’t feel guilty about putting aside household tasks or errands for a while to enjoy your free time while your kids are at school.

If you’re still finding it difficult to make time for yourself even when your kids are away, read on for some tips.

Find a Hobby You Can Do at Home

If the idea of leaving the house to learn how to dance or hike is daunting to you, worry not. Leaving the house to indulge in a hobby may be time-consuming, particularly if you’re going quite a distance. Taking up hobbies that can be done at home is a happy medium. Even better, find a 'useful' hobby—for example, learn how to bake bread, start your own vegetable and herb garden, learn how to knit or follow along with fitness videos. This way, not only are you doing or creating something useful, but you’re also enjoying it.

Set a Timer for Chores

Instead of getting swept away with sweeping away the dust that's gathered in the kitchen, such that you don’t have time for yourself, try setting a timer for chores and see how much you can get done within that time frame. Didn’t get everything done when the timer goes off? Not to worry. You can set another timer…but only after you give yourself a well-deserved break first.

It’s also important not to get too caught up in maintaining a squeaky clean home, so rather than setting multiple chore timers a day, try to finish all you need to do in one go and then give yourself time off. Now, how good does that sound eh?

Encourage Your Kids to Be More Independent

Of course, babies and toddlers are incapable of being independent. After all, someone has to change their nappies, feed them and keep them happy. If you have older kids, however, you can slowly start teaching them how to be more independent so you can enjoy your own activities separately.

Encourage playing with toys solo or with siblings, give them books to read on their own, teach them how to dress and bathe themselves or show them how to floss and brush their teeth. These small moments of independence can mean a little extra free time for you to engage in your own self care.

Go on; treat yourself to some me time. You deserve it, especially if you've been homeschooling for the past few months.

We hope these tips have helped! Have any questions? Let us know in the comments below or reach out to us on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclaimer: If you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the products mentioned, do not consume them. Always check with your doctor before trying a new medication or regime, and if irritation or allergy occurs stop using the product or medication immediately.

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