Whether you’re a stay at home, or a work outside of the home, being a mom is a difficult job to do. It’s a stressful, 24 hour a day job that you seldom receive any thanks for. It’s the only job where no training is given, and yet something kicks in that tells you what to do. It’s the only job that stresses you out, drives you crazy, leaves you not knowing what to do at times, and all the while brings you the greatest joy. But sometimes in order to see through the tough moments and focus on the joyful ones, we mom’s need to decompress and recharge. We aren’t going to be much good to anyone else unless we’re good to ourselves first. Make sure you take the time to treat yourself so you’ll feel ready, and willing, to be the great mom your kids know you are.
Here are a few ideas of how you can reward your hard work:
Spa day. Take the occasional day to get a massage, a facial, or whatever other spa treatment that you enjoy. It’s a well deserved “me day” that will help you relax and recharge.
Paint your nails. Like many ladies I like having my nails painted, it makes me feel put together. But, like many mom’s, I don’t often have the time to spend in a nail salon. So once a week, after little man has gone to bed, I paint my nails. It may not be a proper manicure but at least I maintain my nails being done (toes too since I live in the tropics and all of my shoes are some form of sandal).
Get your hair done. Hair is another important part of me feeling like I’m not just letting myself go. So I like to keep my highlights up to date, and my split ends at bay. Yes I have many days where my hair is pulled back into a pony tail, but I know that I can let my hair down and not worry about split ends.
Yoga. For me a good session of yoga can really be invigorating. For you it might be a spin class, but any physical activity that you can fit in can really lift your spirits.
Going for a walk. Sometimes just taking a calm walk around the neighbourhood can help you clear your head. I’m lucky enough to live in the tropics so this option is always open to me. This is a great option even if you take your baby out with you. In my case my son is just 1 year old, so I can still put him in the stroller and take him out with me. It lets me enjoy the sunshine and nature while also getting in a bit of exercise.
Read. For me it’s books and blogs, but for you it can also be magazines.
Girl time. Take some time to get together with your girlfriends. For me one way is my monthly book club. It’s one morning a month where I get a sitter to watch my little man, then I go off to meet up with my book club and enjoy some good coffee and great conversation. It doesn’t matter if it’s a book club, a night out, or a lunch date, just get out with your gal pals and leave the kids at home.
Unwind at the end of the day. This is probably one of the best things you can do for yourself. Find a way to unwind at the end of each day. It doesn’t have to be some long elaborate thing, just one thing that makes you smile and helps you to feel relaxed. For me that sometimes means a glass of wine, or watching one of my recorded shows, or reading a chapter in my book. Whatever it is, take a few minutes at the end of the day, it’s a great way to set your mind into a positive space before you fall asleep.
These are just some of the ways that I manage to relax and take some time for myself. What works for you, what would you add to this list?