The Easter Holidays can be an incredible time. Two whole weeks with the children to have some fun and get a break from the monotony of daily life. It can also be a little overwhelming. When it becomes too much your mental health can suffer. If you aren’t at your best then you will not enjoy the holiday or time with loved ones. Therefore, taking good care of your mental health is great not just for you, but everyone around you.

Reduce the Pressure

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There is an overwhelming pressure on parents to provide this exciting and rich lifestyle for their children. So often we feel inadequate when weighing ourselves against other parents that we know. However, a rich, exciting lifestyle doesn’t have to cost the earth. The truth is the memories you make with the children are more than likely what they will remember. Not an expensive trip, or lavish days out.

So, try to remember that it is the experiences they share with you that remain. Take that pressure off to have a holiday or lash out on day trips that cost the earth. Make a picnic and go out somewhere you’ve never been. Search for shells on a new beach. Make dens and cardboard contraptions.

Taking Time Out is Good for Your Mental Health

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There is a lot to be said for having time to yourself. It is hard having someone, no matter who they are, around you 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The demands of children who are bored, out of routine and excited can be exhausting. Remember to take a step back and spend some quality me time with your favourite book, a bubble bath or an early night. It will rejuvenate your mental health and hep you manage the day ahead much easier.

Try Something New

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Adventure is something most of us crave and children are no different. Trying something new can be exciting and open up a world of discussion and activities. This doesn’t have to be expensive either. Maybe the kids have wanted to go on a treasure hunt, (something you can easily create with a prize, some paper and a pen). Have a themed day where you dress up as pirates, this would work well with a treasure hunt too. There are as many options out there as people.

Live in the Moment

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It is easy to just go through the motions and act as if you are really there. In fact you might be worrying about something or stressed over issues at work. When this happens you miss the real enjoyment that comes from spending time with loved ones, no matter what you are doing. So remind yourself when you realise that you’re having that conversation with yourself in your head, or worrying about how to deal with a situation, to stop. Bring yourself back to the present and take in the world around you. These are your memories too!

You can find lots of idea and activities to do with the children throughout The Wonderment.

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About Author

Erika is bright, bubbly and friendly. Studying to be a counsellor, she is committed to helping others in the pursuit of better mental health. Having suffered from mental health issues herself including severe anxiety and PTSD, she wants to show others that the light at the end of the tunnel is not just a cliché!
Erika enjoys spending time with her little one, friends and family, crafting, reading, writing, music gaming, cooking, creating art, cacti and llamas.

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