The idea of Netflix and Chill may fill you with excitement but for parents the reality is somewhat different, with ironing piles, messy living rooms and crying babies all serving to dampen the passion. So, if you need to kick back, check out our alternative tips to achieve optimal relaxation.
Float like a butterfly, box like Ali
We’re not suggesting scrapping like Fury and Klitschko – no-one wants to end up looking like Mr Potatohead, however, joining a local boxing club will help you tone up, keep fit and let you take your stress out on a punch bag that doesn’t fight back.
Be the next Heston Blumenthal
Cooking is a great way to unwind. Open a bottle of red, follow the recipe and learn a new skill. You’re being creative whilst cooking up a treat for the special one in your life, and home-cooked food is always the healthy option.
Starting a new creative hobby is a great way to learn new skills and accomplish new achievements whilst switching off from the outside world. Let loose your inner artist by taking up painting or wood carving or, if you’re more of a technophile, why not create a home movie masterpiece?
A mutual massage lets you ease away the stress whilst enjoying a rare moment of intimacy with your partner. So, splash the oil, press play and dim the lights – it’s hard to relax when you can see the ironing.
On your bike
Cycling is the perfect way to unwind. It gets you out of the house and gives you the physical workout and mental space to keep your mind and body healthy. It’ll get you some well needed fresh air and you might also discover somewhere interesting to take the kids.
Like to relax with a cold beer? Then why not learn the craft of brewing your own? It’s relatively inexpensive to set up and there are thousands of fabulous recipes to brew and share with your mates.
Lose yourself in an audiobook
Listening to audiobooks is a fantastic way to switch off. Rest your weary eyes and get lost in someone else’s amazing adventure. For total relaxation, turn down the lights and soak in a hot bath. Bliss!
Boldy go – from your own home
The stars have been capturing man’s imagination for thousands of years, so why not get yourself a telescope and make it your mission ‘to explore strange new worlds.’ Who knows what amazing discoveries you’ll find?
Learn to meditate
When you are truly frazzled and need to totally unwind, meditation is the ideal way to calm a hectic mind. Find yourself a quiet, comfortable space, breathe deeply and let it all float away. If you need to learn the techniques, there are plenty of websites and audio tracks to guide you on your way.
We hope you’ll find these ideas helpful on your journey to relaxing. If you’ve got your own suggestions for chilling out, let us know in the comments below.