Tips for half-term
Have you got a few things planned such as cinema visits, soft play, visiting families and walks? Or, are you worried about how to keep the kids entertained for the whole week without losing your own sanity?!
If so, here are some tips. I hope you find them useful.
Take it one day at a time and one moment at a time and remember to breathe!
Maybe let the children do things at a slower pace in the mornings, rather than rushing as normal to get ready.
Don’t feel that you have to entertain them every waking moment! Let them go and play in the garden to burn off their energy.
Take some time out for yourself, e.g. read a book or listen to music.
And as a last resort, go and hide in the bathroom just to get a few moments of peace!
Set your intention for the day and the week. I intend to have the best possible day and the best possible week. Repeat this mantra several times a day: I radiate love, peace, and joy.
Use these simple and short breathing techniques at different times of the day, e.g. before you get out of bed, in the shower and before you start eating.
Inhale for a count of 4, hold for 4 and exhale for 4. Repeat this for a minute.
Take a nice, long breath and imagine that you are blowing up a balloon in your belly as you do so. Feel your stomach expand as you breathe in. Hold for a moment and then slowly let your breath go. Repeat for a minute.
Do a body scan for a minute. Start at the crown of your head and move down towards your feet. Notice and become aware of any sensations in your scalp, face, arms, hands, torso, legs, and feet. Pay attention to those areas where tension can be held e.g. your jaw and shoulders and let the tension go.
Do a brain dump! Write down your thoughts, feelings, and emotions today. Just get it all down on paper and allow yourself to do this without judging what you have written. When you’re satisfied that you’ve got it all down, bin it, destroy it, or “flush” it away using any method you choose.
Keep a journal, write down all the things that you handled well today. There may have been conflict, arguments, backchat, and attitude! Even so, there will have been moments when you were either able to take a step back and breathe, resolve things or distract them. It’s really important to take notice and pat yourself on the back for keeping your cool.
Keep a gratitude diary and write down all the things that went well today (even the smallest of things). Even within a difficult day, there will be moments that may have been joyful, loving, fun. What was good within a difficult day? And, remember, it’s Friday and nearly time for them to go back to school!