Christmas can be tough for single parents. There’s so much to do and so much pent up excitement to deal with as the big day draws closer and the kids get more and more frantic. Here at Frolo we thought it was about time the grown ups got to have some of the fun, so we’ve put together five Christmas self-care ideas to help you enjoy Christmas as a single parent.
Is there anything nicer than that moment at the end, (or perhaps the middle), of the day when you know you don’t have to leave the house again and can change into your pyjamas and get cosy?
We been loving Sainsbury’s for clothes this year and their pyjama offering is no exception. These fleecy Christmas tree pyjamas are only £16 and look super comfy. For the Dads we’ve taken rather a shine to these silky fleece reindeer pyjama bottoms from Matalan.
Because let’s face it, Father Christmas is unlikely to do it for you. How lovely would it be though to wake up on Christmas morning to a little stocking full of treats just for you? They don’t need to be big things – new underwear maybe, a book you’re had your eye on for ages, or your favourite chocolate – whatever takes your fancy.
To add to the realism, we suggest buying your gifts as early in the year as you can and then wrapping them up straightaway so that by the time Christmas comes around you’ve forgotten what they are.
If you’re feeling a bit low then it can be hard to push yourself to socialise but trust us, sometimes it’s exactly what you need, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time. Just an hour going for a walk with a friend and a thermos can do wonders to lift your day.
You can find single parents near you of course in the Frolo app, or if you can’t face the cold or find it difficult to get out and about, why not join one of our Virtual Meetups? They’ve been massively popular this year, especially our Friday night drinks, and the best bit is that you get to wear your new pyjamas!
Is it just us or do jigsaw puzzles seem to be making a comeback this year? Our Instagram feed has been full of them and honestly, we’re not mad about it. There are so many gorgeous designs out there, we’re feeling inspired to clear off the dining table, stick on a Christmas playlist and get stuck in.
Jigsaw puzzles are incredibly relaxing, the ultimate in mindfulness, so perfect for unwinding at the end of a long day. We have a huge jigsaw crush on this beautiful 1,000 piece Herbarium and on this puzzle where all of the pieces are in the shape of cats. And of course the best bit about doing a jigsaw as a single parent is no one to bicker with over where the pieces go.
Christmas doesn’t have to be just about Baileys after all. There’s actually something really lovely about taking the time to prepare and mix yourself a drink – it shows you value yourself enough to take the time and care to make yourself something special.
We love the sound of mulled gin, made with spiced apple juice, as an alternative to the classic mulled wine or if you like your cocktails to be more of a dessert then you’re going to love the Christmas godfather. Perfect for Friday night drinks online.