Simple things keep you going strong

Kate Livingstone.

Kate Livingstone.

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It’s a well known fact that there just aren’t enough hours in the day, especially for those of us with kids, jobs and menfolk to look after.

All joking aside, me time is an important factor in our lives, and most of us don’t have enough of it. Whether your preference is to sweat it out in the gym, shop ‘til you drop or relax in front of the telly with a glass of wine, each of us deserves at least a short period to unwind.

I read somewhere that more than half of British mums feel worn out and completely exhausted by the end of each day, owing to the vast to-do list that’s left to them to get through.

Let’s face it, most of the time it’s the mums who have to make dinner and generally speaking this is not a pleasant task, more like a necessity.

Doing the washing and cleaning, helping kids with homework and preparing uniforms for the day ahead are just some of the chores left mainly to mums, meaning a spot of relaxation time is becoming evermore important to stay sane!

Personally, my favourite way to unwind is to go for a long walk along the canalbank. I love nothing more than heading out on a beautiful day to power along the foot path and observe the surroundings.

Usually I listen to music but sometimes I just like to hear my footsteps and the birds chirping. I always feel like I’ve reconnected a little after doing this, but with the bad weather and dark nights drawing in, I haven’t been able to get out as much.

It’s all too easy to fall into the winter rut with torrential rain and gale force winds tearing through Scotland every day. I’d like to say I’m hardy enough to brave the weather like some people I see out in their running gear but sadly I’ll retreat indoors at the first sight of a rain cloud, so finding a somewhat beneficial way to relax, that doesn’t involve a glass or two of Pinot Grigio, becomes even tougher at this time of year.

Perhaps catching one of the soaps with a cup of tea and a biscuit would do it for you. Or maybe going to a yoga class you’ve been meaning to try out for a while now. I know for a fact it’s possible to get the best five minute snooze you’ll ever have at the end of a yoga class.

Maybe catching up with an old friend would take your mind off the daily grind.

All I’m saying is, take pleasure in the little things, because it’s them that keep you going.