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Family days out are a great way to create memories together, bond as a family, and most of all, have fun.
However, they can also be exhausting! Having to plan your day out meticulously — including food, transport, timings and toys — so that you don’t end up with a screaming toddler or an exasperated partner is both physically and mentally draining.
So it’s only fair that you get some time to yourself to relax after a fun but tiring day out looking after everyone else.
If you’re looking for parental relaxation, we’ve got you covered. Here are four great ideas for a chilled evening in after a big day out:1. Relax with card games
An evening in with card games is a great way to relax after a long day out.
Card games are both satisfying and de-stressing, making them a perfect option for parental relaxation. Just imagine getting comfy in the living room once you’ve put the kids to bed, with a glass of wine and playing cards (preferably in front of a fire).
Playing with your partner can be lots of fun, but you don’t need someone else to enjoy card games either — Solitaire is a great game to relax with on your own, and you can play it easily with real cards or on your computer.
There are also various apps and sites you can use to play online card games like Poker and Blackjack, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced player. And with the many guides available out there, it’s easy enough to learn the rules too, such as OnlineCasinos.co.uk’s guide on how to play pineapple poker online.2. Pamper yourself
If you’ve spent the day making sure everyone in your family is fed, watered, and enjoying themselves, then the evening is your time to look after you.
One great way to relax is to treat yourself to a pampering session. Light some candles, pour yourself a glass of wine (or a relaxing herbal tea, it’s up to you), put on a chilled playlist, and run yourself a hot bath.
As you sink into the steaming water, your tense muscles will relax, and the stress you carry in your body will melt away.
Adding a few drops of essential oil like lavender — which is known for its calming and sleep-promoting properties — to your bath water will help you to relax further and enjoy some peace and quiet in your candlelit bathtub. Delightful.
Massages are also a fantastic way to unwind and de-stress. You can treat each other to mutual massages to relax, or try a back and neck massager to relieve tension.3. Settle down with a good book (or audiobook)
Books are amazing; a good book will whisk you away to another world, captivate you for hours, and give you the opportunity to unwind after a busy day out with the family.
As busy parents, we often don’t find the time to read in the way we once did before kids; there’s always something else on our to-do list that takes priority. But although it may be hard to pick up a book and read a few pages during the day, reading is the perfect relaxing activity once the kids are in bed.
If you’re not super into reading or you struggle to concentrate, then there’s another option for you: audiobooks.
Audiobooks are ideal for frazzled parents who want to switch off but struggle to concentrate on words on a page (and don’t want to get stuck watching endless rubbish Netflix shows again). There is a huge range out there, so get comfy on the sofa or in bed, dim the lights and be transported far, far away…4. Have a film night
Let’s face it — family days out are amazing but tiring, and once you get back you really just want to spend the evening getting comfy on your sofa with a good film.
Film nights are the perfect way to relax after a long day out; you’re still doing something fun, but you’re also giving yourself a break from having to be “on” and talking all the time (or trying to decipher toddler babble).
If you’ve got some parent-only time and the kids are in bed, pick a film that you’ve wanted to see for ages but haven’t got around to watching because you’ve been forced to watch Moana and Peppa Pig on repeat.
And if you’re having a family film night, then choose something that the whole gang will enjoy — suitable for the kids, but peppered with adult-friendly jokes too.
Make your living room warm and cosy by dimming the lights, drawing the curtains, and grabbing blankets to snuggle up with. And don’t forget a bowl of microwavable popcorn too — something both kids and parents will enjoy!
Family days out are a lot of fun, but they can be tiring too. Practice parental relaxation and settle in for a soothing evening in by trying out some of the great ideas above.