The Importance of Quality Time for You

Your children have gone back to school, so you may find you now have a little more time to spend on yourself. Perhaps you are thinking about getting in shape, taking up a hobby or simply need some ideas for what to do. Here are a few handy hints to set you on your ‘me time’ journey.

Get Fit | There is no more productive way of spending your free time than using it to get fitter. This will not only make you look and feel better — it will also give you lots more energy so you can make the most of your time with your children once they get home from school.

Getting fit does not have to cost a fortune, either. If you cannot afford expensive gym membership or costly equipment, simply head out for a jog or brisk walk or take advantage of some of the great community facilities opening up across the country.

Of course, you do not have to buy all the latest sportswear to get fit, but a good pair of shoes is essential, even if you are only planning some gentle jogs. Wearing properly supportive trainers will prevent trips, falls and strains and stop you feeling as if you have gone six rounds with Mike Tyson when you wake up the next morning.

Nike’s T-Lite XI running trainers, for example, have padded supportive cuffs and a cushioned insole. They are a bargain at less than £30 from suppliers such as SportShoes Unlimited, so you won’t need to run to your bank manager to ask for a loan to buy them.

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Be Crafty | How about learning a new craft or re-awakening a past passion? Visit Homecrafts Direct and pick up an Economy Pottery Tool Kit. Or how about ordering a Cross Stitch Starter Kit from notonthehighstreet.com? (Starting at £7.50)

If you are short of inspiration, trawl the internet for arty ideas and join your local library. This is a great place to research lots of different hobbies, but it will also be where you can pick up information about local classes. Perhaps you have always wanted to learn to draw or understand the basics of flower arranging? Your opportunity could be just around the corner — quite literally.

Volunteer Your Time | Volunteering is not just great for the organisations that receive help; it can also boost your self-confidence, add to your skill set and give you a sense of achievement that is difficult to find elsewhere. If you are interested but don’t know where to start, pick up Volunteering: An Essential Guide from Hive.