Starting the new year can be a struggle for some families. Everyone always talks about the January blues, but what then? Parents go back to work and the whole routine of school is back in full swing. It can sometimes take a few weeks to really find your feet. From night-time wake ups, packing lunches, washing, dressing, cleaning, cooking, homework, pick-ups, activities, worries about children, it can all play a part on our wellbeing. Where does it leave time for the parents?
In the middle of the madness, it is the parents that are left with the strain of family and home life. I am not saying that this means home life is an unhappy one, but let’s be honest here, it’s tough going. There can be many avenues that can lead parents to forget about themselves. Which can lead to our mental and physical health being affected.
I am here to share some Wellbeing and Lifestyle tips for parents. We must keep in tune with our mental and physical wellbeing. This is also setting an example for our littles ones.
It is very important to get some time to ourselves – completely alone. This gives us time to breath away from the needs of others. We get the space to think about our own personal life. Sometimes people like going to the hairdressers or the luxury of a spa day.
Others just like to go for a walk,workout at the gym or have a hot bath. What ever it is, try and find the time to make it happen. It is very important to communicate with your partner about your feelings.
Understanding that you both need to find time alone to do the things you once enjoyed before having children. Loss of identity is very common amongst parents so finding time to connect with yourself again is important. Adjusting to parenthood can take time, so be kind to yourself and don’t forget that you matter too!
Time as a couple
I know trying to find time alone is tricky enough but when you might have to organise someone to watch the childrenwhile you and your partner get time to go out can be even harder. I don’t want to give you unrealistic goals but there are ways of reconnecting with your partner in between the mayhem of parenthood.
If you can get childcare, then great! Myself and my partner arrange a babysitter once a month on payday, we head out for brunch and a catch up (we call it a ‘Day Date’). Last time we went out it felt like a first date! We laughed, talked about the little ones (because let’s face it they take up a lot of our time), spoke about what was going on in our own lives as individuals and so on. If you find it hard and are unable to get someone to watch the children. Why not have a date night at home?
Make a swanky meal, candles, music , maybe a movie after and one very important tip – no phones! Knowing when to put your phone down can make such a huge difference. When you have small ones in the house their voices are the loudest. Putting your phone down, interacting and listening to your partner without the children around really can make a difference.
In day to day life small gestures can go a long way so don’t forget a kiss and cuddle here and there. Just reminding your partner that they are not forgotten, they do matter and reminding them that they are loved can make a huge difference to their day.
Every day is different when you have children. No matter how much you try to keep a routine it can get hard to maintainevery single day. Getting everyone out of the house and doing a family activity can be big effort for some but will do everyone the world of good. I know that some of the family parks can be a hefty strain on your wallet, however, there are loads of fun free family days available throughout the whole year across The Three Counties. I understand that sometimes even going out can be stressful but try to plan ahead. There are many outdoor places you can visit, why not make it an adventure?
This will give the children time to run and explore. You can also get involved, leaving no space for the stress of a ‘big day out’. Another idea would be to redeem some family friendly restaurant vouchers. You can find loads online for local restaurants. Going somewhere knowing it is ‘family friendly’ can be a comfort for parents.
Just remember, no matter what stage your children are at its all temporary and if you are having a hard time it will soon pass. Having time as individuals and as a family is important. Actively making it happen can play a part towards yourpositive mental and physical wellbeing.
Hello, My name is Liz Alexander. I am mum of two and a true believer as a parent that self care is vital. After having my first child I neglected my own personal needs which led to many problems. Growing and connecting with ‘me’ as a person again became very important. Many parents struggle with loss of identity and I want to remind them that they matter too.
Milton Keynes welcomes the award-winning nail salon Townhouse MK
From Fitzrovia via Knightsbridge and the M1, London’s award-winning cult nail salon Townhouse is opening Townhouse MK this November. Billed to be the trendiest destinations for nails in Milton Keynes, Townhouse MK is being described as the perfect buzzy space for a catch up with your friends over a manicure.
Townhouse MK will be located in the new H Beauty by Harrods department store at Centre:MK. Featuring semi-private pedicure stations – including fun peep hatches inspired by business class flight seat dividers, marble manicure bars and chic fabrics with accents of gold.
In salon, guests will have access to Townhouse’s multi-award winning treatment menu and seasonal nail art collections, as well as Harrods exclusive designs. Treatments on offer will range from quick Express treatments for customers on the go to indulgent Luxury treats.
About Townhouse MK
Founded in 2018 by Juanita Huber-Millet, Townhouse is revolutionising nail care – not only elevating the way nails are done but reimagining the process from start to finish for the modern age – incorporating easy online bookings, impeccable hygiene standards, beautifully designed spaces and stable, rewarding careers for its employees.
This has brought acclaim far and wide – described by Marie Claire as “Hands down the best nail salon” – and multiple award wins, including being named “Best Nail Salon” at the prestigious Scratch Awards in July 2021 and the Professional Beauty & World Spa Awards in October 2021. With a cult Celeb / VIP following including biggest selling artist in history Drake, big screen actresses, Love Island stars and of course the loyal Londoner crowd – it’s no question Townhouse are the best at what they do.
Townhouse MK Address
28 Acorn Walk
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Meet Katie Godfrey… Bedfordshire Beauty and Hair expert
Katie Godfrey is the powerhouse behind the KG brand, single-handedly building her empire from a single salon bought aged 19 as a school leaver with no qualifications, to a chain of salons, a UK-wide beauty training academy, an eyelash product range and a salon coaching business.
Katie left school at 13 after being bullied, but this only made her more determined to succeed in life. Her Bedfordshire beauty salon became a go-to destination and after being named Eyelash Technician of the Year in 2014, Katie started to rack up the awards winning 15 to date, and securing press coverage nationally including the likes of OK and Hello, as well as pampering various celebrities.
Now you’re as likely to find her judging awards as winning them – she’s co-owner of the “World Lash University” conference & awards which is partnered with “The Lash Games” at Olympia Beauty, and has her own podcast, “The Life Of KG”, aimed at those in the hair and beauty space but also relatable to anyone in business.
How Katie Godfrey expanded her brand
Going on to own a chain of franchise salons, Katie then sold these to focus on education, aiming to raise standards across salons and within the industry. She launched KG Professional, a beauty training academy which now has branches in Bedfordshire, Southampton, Gloucestershire, Derbyshire, Milton Keynes, Sussex and Essex, and an eyelash product range.
Within 6 months of launch, the eyelash range was selling into 500 salons and is now sold globally. Katie was one of the first trainers in the UK to teach Russian Volume Lashes, flying to New York to learn and then bring the techniques back.
In addition to maintaining the salon and pro businesses, Katie is a dedicated business mentor and looks after over 35 salons. She started this side business 3 years ago after being inundated by businesses coming to her for help as a result of her success story – she offers 1-2-1 and group mentoring sessions, and aims to launch the first comprehensive online business course for the hair and beauty industry imminently. She talks regularly at colleges and events about her story and is passionate about motivating others to build their careers. She is one of the authors of number 1 best-selling book, ‘Extraordinary Women’, and co-owner of “Salon Franchise,” a consultancy company in the hair & beauty industry.
Katie’s achievements are all the more impressive considering she has done this while single-handedly parenting her daughter. She is testament to the goals that can be reached with determination and hard work and is inspiring and helping many others to do the same.
Awards won by Katie Godfrey
- 3rd “Inspirational Women of the year” 2020.
- Winner “Health & Beauty Franchise of the Year 2020, Livewire Excellence Awards.
- Winner “Best Health & Beauty Clinic Franchise – South East England” 2019
- 2nd & 3rd place “World Lash University Lash awards” 2019
- Winner “Client Experience Award” 2018
- Winner “Best Beauty Salon – Bedfordshire” 2018
- Winner “LUX Salon of The Year” 2017
- Winner “Client Experience Award” 2017
- Winner “Client Experience Award” 2016
- Winner “Most Outstanding Salon of The Year” 2016
- 2nd Place “Eyelash Technician of The Year” 2016
- Winner “LUX Salon of The Year” 2015
- Winner “Fans Choice Awards” 2015
- Winner “Eyelash Technician of The Year” 2014