10 Ways for Parents to Relax


Pamper Yourself

Many parents probably spend a lot of their energy making sure the kids feel their best, and it can be easy to neglect their own well-being. But don't underestimate the sense of happiness and relaxation that may come with spending a little time and energy -- or money -- on you. Whether it's going to the salon for a much-needed haircut or a going all-out with a full afternoon at the spa, be sure to set aside time to do something for yourself.

It may even mean something as simple as going to the store to buy a new product you've been eyeing. You might not have to wait till you have some time alone, either. Some retail outposts, such as IKEA and the Apple Store, cater to parents by offering kid-friendly play areas or parents' lounges to enhance adults' shopping experiences.