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It’s all very well and good treating the little ones over the summer. After all, they’ve earned their summer break as much as you have! But once they’ve had their fill of ice creams, day trips to the beach, a trip to a theme park and plenty of BBQs and picnics thrown in too – the question remains, how can you treat yourself?
If you’re a busy parent, have a hectic work schedule or maybe both, it can be difficult to find the time or even the inspiration needed to treat yourself. But don’t worry. Here you’ll find some helpful tips and ideas of how you can have the best summer ever.

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Restyle your home
When was the last time you updated your living room? Or treated yourself to some new bedsheets in the bedroom? If you can’t remember, then having a little restyle at home will really boost your mood. If you wanted to take drastic action, you could create a feature wall, refit your skirting boards – see skirtings r us for some inspiration – or make a gallery wall featuring all your favourite pictures. However big your restyle project, just make sure it’s a true reflection of you.

Read
It seems like centuries have passed since you could get lost in a good book for hours and hours. Now it’s a miracle if you get through a whole chapter without being disturbed! Due to our hectic and busy lifestyles, reading is a pleasure most of us forget about. And it’s not just for fun either – studies have shown that reading lowers your heart rate and reduces stress levels so pick up a book or even a magazine and disappear into the pages!
Reading through emails and paperwork doesn’t count! Step away from the office chair!

Take a yoga class
If you’re looking for a great stress reliever, something to reduce your anxiety, lower your blood pressure and help you tone those core muscles (sounds almost too good to be true, doesn’t it?) then why not book a yoga class? Yoga classes are usually 60-90 minutes long, so you’ll have plenty of time to leave your hectic life at the door and really engage with your downward dog and breathing techniques.
Worried about childcare? Don’t be! There are thousands of yoga classes online that you can try, just search for them in YouTube while the kids are napping.

Go for a walk
It might sound a little mundane, but walking has been scientifically proven to reduce stress and it’s a great boost for both your mental and physical health. Summer is perfect for walking – as long as the weather holds out – and if you can round up the kids to join you then consider taking a picnic with you and make a day of it!

Treat yourself
A long soak in a hot bath, a cruelty-free face mask, a mini-pedicure, a trip to the hairdressers, an indulgent afternoon at your favourite bakery – the world is your oyster when it comes to treating yourself.

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