Being a parent is stressful. There, I said it. My little beautiful, sweet little angels are more difficult to deal with than any psychotic manager, high-flying career or high-maintenance team I’ve ever worked with. But that’s just the nature of parenting. We no longer just have ourselves to worry about. I want to give my children the best life I can. It’s important to set a positive example and be a good role model. Keeping my temper is critical because if I’m too stroppy with them I could damage them for life. Feeding them, making sure they’re in suitable clothing and getting them to places on time are all stressful too. I was late for everything before I had children, I have no chance now.
Rattan Direct have put together a really interesting survey about how what’s making us stressed and how we deal with it. The survey focuses on three key areas – how we unwind, what we’ll be up to this Christmas and how Brexit has affected our spending habits around the home and garden.
How do you unwind?
I think unwinding has a lot to do with switching off from technology. Back in the days before smartphones and social media, it was much easier to unwind. We lived in the moment a lot more and left work in the office. These days, watching television, chilling with friends or going for a nice meal can be really therapeutic. For me though, there is always social media going on in the background, I’ll usually be on my phone on twitter whilst I watch television.
That’s why sport is so critical for unwinding from my point of view. Yoga is typically cited as being relaxing but for me, swimming and running are just as good. That said, if someone could remind me on mile 50 of my ultramarathon next weekend that this is stress relief, that would be helpful.
How will you celebrate Christmas?
Argh, I can’t believe I’m talking about Christmas already. I’m not ready to see the back of the fabulous summer we’ve had. And yet, I’ve already posted about Christmas days out in the West Midlands, some of which are virtually sold out. For me, Christmas takes a very similar format every year. My mum comes over for lunch, we eat too much, the children get tired and over-excited and end up having either an afternoon nap or a fight. Then late afternoon, we go over to my dad’s house and start drinking. On a good year we’ll continue drinking until around the middle of January when I realise I’ve put on 3 stone and forgotten where I live.
How has Brexit altered your spending habits?
When the UK voted for Brexit, it felt a bit like the world had come crashing down around us. The value of the pound went through the floor and everybody panicked. For me, I was worried that my work would dry up due to the client I was working with at the time. As it happens, I’m not working with them anymore anyway, but my work situation is actually much better.
And for the first time since my husband’s accident 12 months ago, we are within touching distance of being able to do some home renovations. So as it stands, my concerns about our own financial situation post-Brexit were unfounded.
Have your spending habits altered post-Brexit? I’d love to hear about how you unwind and how you’ll be spending Christmas too. Do pop over and fill in the survey and feel free to leave me a comment to let me know as well!