As a Mum of four, and especially as a Mum who works from home, I’m not afraid to admit that I find the Summer holidays difficult. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy having the children at home, because I do, very much so, but I don’t find it easy. Living anxiety is hard, especially as a parent, and although I have worked hard with therapy and sheer determination to not let anxiety take over my life, I do find that the Summer holidays trigger my anxiety in a number of ways.
I’ve been working with RESCUE to share the ways in which I survive the Summer holidays and honestly, having used RESCUE since my early teens, I would be completely and utterly lost without it.
Juggling work and family life
The main issue for me being self employed and working from home is that during the school holidays, although I am very much at home with the children, work doesn’t stop for those six weeks. Throughout the holidays I am all for spending time with my children, and I’m sure you will see that we fill our days with activities and adventures, which is lovely for them but creates a lot of stress for me. For every afternoon at the park, I return home to twenty emails and a new set of deadlines. For every holiday spent in the sun, I find myself having to work until 3 in the morning to make up for it the following week. And I know I am so lucky to be able to do this job, and I don’t moan about that even for one second, but does it cause me a lot of stress? Absolutely! Is it worth it? Always.
So how do I juggle being self employed with family life over the holidays? Well other than chewing on RESCUE pastilles like theres’s no tomorrow, I make sure that in the weeks leading up to the Summer holidays I work even harder to allow for a slower month with the children. I’m more sensible with our savings throughout the Spring so I always know there is something to fall back on should I have the luxury of working less in the Summer.
I alert my clients that my hours will change over the Summer holidays, that, although I will respond to all emails, there may be a longer delay than usual, and I find that being upfront about it works really well. It means that I don’t have clients chasing me for work, and I can enjoy time with the children without watching the clock or checking my phone every two minutes.
Of course, there are times when I have to work – when I have a deadline and it just can’t budge, when I have a big campaign that I need to focus on and 11pm at night just won’t cut it – and in those times I open up the back doors, I get the bikes and the scooters and the garden toys out, and I allow the children to simply entertain themselves. I feel no guilt in sticking on a Disney movie on those days, or bribing them with a Kinder egg whilst I make a quick phone call. I feel no guilt in closing the door to my office and knuckling down for an hour or two because ultimately, I spend a great deal of time with my children and I am doing the best I can to provide a wonderful life for them.
Staying calm during travel plans
Everybody knows, I hate flying. I make no secret of that (apart from to my children!) and it’s always been a real problem from me, right from the first time I flew as a teen. For me, this is a serious issue and it doesn’t just impact on the day of our flight, but for weeks, even months before that day comes around. I find I can’t sleep, I can’t eat, I can’t think about anything else at all other than the possibility that our plane might crash and, as crazy as it seems when I write it down, I just cannot change that mindset.
Combined with my fear of the flight, I make myself sick with worry over the stress of airport parking and hotel transfers, worrying about a thousand ridiculous scenarios that may, or may not, ever happen. I worry about the children getting sick abroad, wondering how we would cope with the language barrier or accessing the right medicine. I worry about the possibility of them being taken, overwhelmed with panic at my blonde hair blue eyed children and how you just never know who could be lurking around the resort. And I worry about the fact I’m worrying, that I have made myself ill, tired, stressed out before we’ve even got there and all I really want is to go away and enjoy our time together.
So how do I stay calm? Well over the last twelve months I’ve made sure that each night I take my RESCUE NIGHT remedy, a natural combination of flower essences said to encourage a natural nights sleep. Although my insomnia has a mind of its own, RESCUE NIGHT helps me to stay calm, get some good quality sleep, and wake feeling far less panicky.
During our flight I take my RESCUE REMEDY spray with me, and as a 10ml spray it passes easily through security. Just knowing I have it there for when I start to panic or need that little bit of calming is a huge reassurance. I also practice breathing techniques, something which has really helped me, as well as forcing myself to focus on the end goal which is ultimately me, laid on that sun lounger, sipping on a cocktail, living my best life!
Keeping up with the kids
With four active children, the summer holidays really takes its toll on my energy levels. I live with fibromyalgia, as well as various other auto immune conditions, and this means that I tire far easier than the average person, as well as having a lower immune system for all of those nasty Summer bugs and colds. There is only one thing worse than being sick as a parent, and that’s being sick in the Summer holidays. I have no idea how I would survive entertaining four children day in, day out, feeling unwell. So staying fit and healthy is paramount.
So how do I do this? The new RESCUE PLUS VITAMIN lozenges contain selected vitamins to support mental performances and normal psychological function, and they also taste delicious! I am guilty of eating a relatively poor diet and so any extra vitamins I can get is a real bonus!
RESCUE PLUS VITAMINS also comes in a natural lemon and elderflower spray which is really handy to slip inside your handbag to use on the go. I love these new additions to the range and, although I am just starting them this Summer, I am hoping I see a real difference in my overall functioning during the six weeks holidays! After all, there is no greater way to put them to the test than with four (slightly annoying!) children!
So that’s how I survive the six weeks holidays, along with soaking up the sunshine, taking regular exercise, trying to be super organised, and eating my body weight in ice cream. At the end of the day, when my children look back on their childhood summers I don’t want them to remember the days when Mummy was stressed or anxious, I just want them to remember the fun we had.
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