This might not get me many friends but everyone needs time out………………………………..even partners!
I know I might not gain many friends from this post but that is okay. We hear quite a bit about the importance that mums get time out (even for 5 minutes) in their day to do something for themselves. But rarely do we hear the importance of partners also getting time out.
Some of my readers may be thinking, that partners go to work and drive home so that is their time out. But is it really time out? The partners deal with work stress, traffic, the feeling that everything lies on top of them to bring money home. I know when listening to Steve when he comes home, there is definitely no time out for him.
I am a firm believer that partners need to de-stress as well. But of course that needs to be realistic. I am lucky that Steve wants to come home and play with the girls but I do enforce that he does something to unwind once he gets home. It is always about a healthy balance, you can not forget that you have responsibility for the children. We are definitely not in cave man years of the women doing everything whilst dad lounges around doing nothing.
Just because I said partners need time out really doesn’t mean to go out all weekend and not spend time with the children. Time out could include having a drink and a sit down for 15 minutes, doing some exercise and if you go out for a walk take the kids with you, watch a bit of TV. If you could use your lunch break to get some exercise even better so you will feel recharged for the afternoon.
Having time out keeps us all refreshed, healthy and less stressed. Plus it will keep us mentally well!