Bam, just like that the summer holidays have ended and it is back into full swing of routine, dashing from one place to the next and making sure that no-one or no items get left behind. I loved the summer holiday, for me it went past in the blink of and eye but I found joy in having quality time with the children, not having to dash anywhere and ask the children for the millionth time if they can put their shoes on! Simple things really do make a difference, changing the pace and easing the pressure allowing space to breath, relax and have fun. But then on the flip side, towards the end of the holidays I craved routine – I think as a family we all did and so now into our second week back at school the rhythm and pace is beginning to take shape.
I found that I learnt a lot over the summer break about myself, in particular I found it hard to make time for myself as I always had the children and continued to work until our camping trip. Whilst I loved the time with the children, by the end I yearned to just have 5 minutes to myself, to go to the toilet without company or being asked endless questions – to just be me. Part of me feels guilty for this, but why should I – we all need and all deserve time for ourselves. I also struggled with keeping up my fitness regime and had a few too many treats – but some days felt like survival and who can resist cake?! What I found fascinating about the holidays is that I did not punish myself, I did not make myself feel guilty for having the odd treat, for not making more of an effort with exercise because actually I think I was slightly rebelling as well but it showed me how much I have learnt about myself, that I love myself and it’s ok to just let go sometimes and give yourself a break. It may sound daft in some ways and you might be thinking why give up and the truth is I didn’t, I just adjusted my choices and the end result is whilst I may wobble a bit more, I’m still me and I will keep chipping away to improve my fitness, wellbeing and weight management.
I am really excited about the next few weeks, settling into our routine, I have decided to stop the Saturday clubs as my children are exhausted come the weekend and instead, we can have fun and not rush from one place to the next. My daughter and I are going to start running together, she is starting a running club at school and I thought it would be a great way for us to unwind and connect with each other. We can cheer each other on and as my son get’s older he can join in too – once we have the courage, we may even embrace a parkrun too.
As a parent I want and strive to be the best version of myself, for my children to look at me as a role model, to support their choices, nurture their creativity and true zest for life and to ultimately have lots of fun.
What do you hope for this Autumn? How do you find time for you in the holidays? I love learning new tips, advice and wisdom – we can learn so much from each other. How have the summer holidays have been for you? I hope you have laughed and embraced the adventures. I hope you are all planning some self-care time and if you are in need of a pamper, then drop me a message for a truly bespoke treatment.