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How to survive the school holidays

by Sharon Taylor

Schools break up for their annual 6 weeks’ holidays soon and whether you’re a stay-at-home or a working parent there are going to be changes to your routine and also for your children too.

This period can sometimes leave you feeling overwhelmed, so planning ahead is key. Like adults, many children like to feel that they have had a part to play in the planning process that will affect them, so make sure that they are involved in the planning some way.

Here are 5 tips that will help you prepare yourself for the changes in your routine and encourage an atmosphere that will support the smooth running of this holiday period for everyone.

1. Book into holiday clubs early.

There are many holiday activities and clubs run throughout the summer holidays. Check what your child(ren) like to do and what’s on in your area. Then get them booked into one or two sessions. A couple of hours apart will do you both the world of good.

2. Arrange a play day exchange

summer holiday fun

Createing happy holiday memories

We all like to hang out with our friends so arrange for one or more of their friends to come to yours for a few hours. They can spend time playing and entertaining themselves under your supervision. Or if it’s a nice day you could take them to the park to let off steam. In return, the parents of their friends will have your child around on another day, giving you some time to yourself.

This is a great idea if you work from home and need some time during the week to make calls, visit clients or just some quiet time to get on with things that need your focus.

3. Plan a family day

If due to your work commitments your child(ren) are booked into a holiday club or are being cared for by a relative or child-minder, plan a couple of family fun days for the weekends. If you plan this in advance you can all get involved and make it a special part of the holiday period.

4. Rest and re-charge

We all know what if feels like to not have had enough sleep. At the end of each fun-filled and active day, whether that be work or play, a good nights’ sleep is something the whole family will appreciate. It requires you to plan and execute a bedtime routine that allows everyone (including yourself) to retire happy and chilled. This allows everyone to get the amount of rest each needs to enable them to wake up refreshed and ready for another fantastic day.

5. Book yourself a treatment!

Reflexology for mental and physical relaxation

Relax mentally with a reflexology treatment

A pre-holiday reflexology or reiki treatment can prepare you mentally for the extra demands that the summer school holidays can bring. Aromatherapy oils for some extra relaxation and that pampered feeling can be incorporated into these treatments with me. After a treatment with me many people say they feel relaxed, calm, energised and able to deal with situations more effectively. Just what you need at this time of year.

To book your treatment give me a ring now on 07751 942234 or get in touch now.

Planning is key so by implementing two, three or all five of these activities you will be well on your way to creating an enjoyable and relaxing holiday period for the whole family.


About Sharon

Sharon lives with her partner Geoff in Warwickshire and they have two adult children. She worked for over 25 years in an office environment, gaining qualifications to degree level in finance, business and management. While there Sharon witnessed and experienced many stressful situations and suffered illnesses which were stress related.

Sharon was advised to make some changes to her lifestyle which included trying complementary therapies. After experiencing the benefits of complementary treatments, Sharon decided to retrain and to share her knowledge and experiences to help others recognise and manage their own physical and emotional stress and anxiety levels.

Sharon has been working as a complementary therapist for over 12 years now, and she loves helping people manage and reduce their stress levels, to feel uplifted, focused, positive and empowered about their lives.



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