7 ways parents can relax

To be honest, parents have a rough time. We have endless hours at work, bosses that drain your soul, and kids that have all the energy in the world. A little time for ourselves can go a long way in helping us to relax. One should find a way to let everything go and release stress at least once every week. As a dad, I have some ideas for relaxing that you might find useful. Let’s have a look at some of these relaxing strategies:

1. Watching films
Just like any other parent, I enjoy the heavenly moment when the kids eventually go to sleep. This is the moment where parents enjoy the peace and tranquillity. I enjoy watching a film after my children have gone to sleep and relax before I fall asleep. Just like me, you will be fortunate if you can watch the entire movie without falling asleep, but you will surely enjoy the moment.

2. Playing games with your kids
You might need a break from the energy of your kids, but there is nothing more enjoyable than playing with them. Studies have shown that playing gaming can give you a hit of endorphins. Your brain will get a little kick, and start to relax. I find it a great way to interact with my children and rest in the process. 

3. A weekend of golf
From experience, golf can be a sensitive matter with some dads. If you believe that it is an actual sport or not, this should not be the question. One of the most soothing ways of waking up is spending a weekend morning on the green. It is calm, serene, and you get out in the open. 

4. A good night’s sleep
The secret to relaxing is getting a fine, solid, eight hours of sleep. Just like me, many dads will testify that you are lucky if you even get six. An early night gives me a little kick of energy in the next day. This is just a small treat but goes a long way. Sometimes I put a morning curfew during the weekends so that my kids cannot make noise until 8 am.

5. Getting a massage
Spa weekends are not just for the ladies, and I find a thorough massage quite relaxing. Most dads tend to carry a lot of stress on their shoulders and neck. Without releasing this burden, the pressure builds up, and will slowly get out of hand. Finally, it can cause health problems, and lead to you feeling exceedingly tense. Get yourself some proper massage, and you will feel your stress fly away. 

6. Grilling
There are some satisfaction and relaxation that comes about grilling a steak. In the summer, you will always find me huddled around the barbecue. After a long day’s work, cooking can be an excellent relaxing activity. The sweet aroma is enough to help you let everything go, while the art of grilling will pacify your mind. It is incredibly therapeutic. Plus, you will get to bite a delicious steak when you are in charge of the grill.

7. Gaming
Whether you are playing call of duty on the Xbox, shooting pool on miniclip.com or hitting up the LeoVegas Free spins there is no better way to kick back on the sofa and not move an inch!

Thanks for reading, please do share your thoughts and ideas on how you relax below!

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Karl Young

Part-time daddy and lifestyle blogger. Father of 2 boys under 2. Golfer, scare-fan, tea-lover, traveller, squash and poker player. I write on the @HuffPostUK http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/karl-young/

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