Let’s talk about relaxing for a minute. We all need to do it from time to time and it’s a well known fact that sometimes we just don’t give ourselves the permission, or enough time, to sit down and unwind. We all need to have a little sit down on the sofa with a big cup of tea, a biccy or two and pop something on the TV from time to time; or run a big old luxurious bubble bath and enjoy our own company for an hour. Recharging our batteries is something we all need to take the time to do every once in a while.

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As parents, I feel it is especially important for us to occasionally block out the rest of the world and concentrate on our own mental wellbeing for a little bit. It can be hard, especially when mum guilt kicks in, but a bit of self care is an essential part of parenthood.

My favourite way to unwind is to curl up in bed with a huge cup of coffee, maybe a cheeky slice of cake, light some smelly candles, put on the fairy lights and binge watch Netflix for a few hours. Your environment definitely has a lot to do with your level of stress, so I like to make the lighting as soft as possible and make sure I’m super comfy.

If that doesn’t work well enough, there’s always the trump card: a huge bubble bath with candles and a glass of something naughty – you can’t go too far wrong with that!

As a mum, however, I feel this time of year is a particularly stressful one. It’s the time where we need to start thinking about Christmas, and Christmas, as lovely as it is, is stressful and expensive…

I’ve been asked by Rattan Direct (rattandirect.co.uk) whether Brexit has actually affected my spending habits around the home and garden and whether it would affect my spending habits around Christmas.

I thought that when Brexit happened, the economy would change significantly in quite a short period of time. Originally, had I been asked this, I probably would have said yes: yes, Brexit would affect my spending habits when it comes to buying furniture or home/garden ware. I would have asked myself if what I wanted was absolutely essential, and even if it was, I probably still would have gone without.

However, now we are a few months into Brexit and definitely a few months closer to Christmas, I’m not really sure if our political situation really will impact upon my spending habits as much as I thought it would.

I may be a bit more conservative with my money this Christmas, but when it comes to necessities around the house such as a lovely new sofa I’m hoping to get soon, I think it’s worth getting out with the old and in with the new – especially if it makes it easier for me to relax at home and be comfortable!

Rattan Direct would also love to hear your thoughts on how you plan to do Christmas, your favourite ways to unwind and whether Brexit has effected you spending habits. If you’re interested there’s a Rattan Direct Survey that you can fill in – it takes less than five minutes – and in a few weeks the data will be collected and turned into some interesting results that I can share with you.
**This post was written in collaboration with Rattan Direct**