Today I was on the phone with a good friend of mine. We have been trying to make plans to get together for almost a month now, but it has been nearly impossible to find time.
Before having my daughter, I had responsibilities & life was still busy, but it was only as busy as I wanted it to be. I completely took for granted the little things in life that I was able to do. Not that long ago a Facebook friend had posted something to the effect of “I get mad when I see people waiting in line in the drive though at Dunkin Donuts. Get off your asses and go inside.” Obviously he never tried doing this with an infant or a toddler. I miss the “run in” to the store. There is no such thing when you have a little one. There is a “get your kid out of the car seat, pull them out kicking & screaming, chase them through the store while trying to grab a gallon of milk.” trip to the store. I wish there was a drive through everywhere. This is one of those little things taken for granted & missed.
Sleeping in on the weekends
Taking showers when I want to
& just plain…
The weather has been getting warmer & I put on flip flops for the first time this season & realized I still had remnants of polish from last summer on my toes. GROSS!
Like most mommy’s I rarely take time for me. It is important for mommies (and daddies too) to recharge their batteries & pamper themselves every once in a while. I know you are thinking when do I have the time. With Mother’s Day coming, it is time to make the time and allow yourself a little “me time”. So put down the dishes & the laundry and give yourself a treat.
Pamper yourself at home
Give yourself a homemade facial. Facial are wonderful. They leave you feeling fresh & clean. There are many simple facial treatments that you can make for yourself at home. I found this list a little while back with some amazing recipes for homemade facial. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/organic-authoritycom/face-mask_b_1690401.html
Meditate. Being a mother can be stressful. One of the best ways that I have found to release that stress is through meditation. It takes a little practice, but when done properly, it can clear your mind and spirit and prepare you for the challenges of your day.
Have a glass of wine. I am not much of a drinker since I had a baby, but I have to admit that every once in a while one glass of wine or a beer is just what the doctor ordered.
Take a bath. Light some scented candles, grab a good book & your favorite bubble bath & sink in and relax.
Take a walk or a run. A nice leisurely walk on a beautiful day can be so calming and therapeutic.
Get out & pamper yourself
Get a massage. I can’t think of many things that I enjoy better than having a massage. It is so relaxing that I have to fight to stay awake on the massage table. Actually a massage & a nap sound pretty good too.
Get a pedicure. Even though chipped nail polish & scaly feet are my signature look, an hour with a pumice stone & a fresh coat of paint on my toes would be nice.
Get a new haircut. There is something about a new hair style that makes me feel like a completely new woman. With every big life change I change my hair. When I got married, I chopped of all my hair. When I got pregnant, I cut bangs. It makes me fell renewed.
Go shopping. Like most women, I love new clothes. I used to shop for myself all the time, but after my daughter was born the only new clothes purchased were for her. Buy yourself a new outfit or a new pair of shoes.
Have a night out with the girls. It is always nice to catch up with your friends over dinner or drinks and fight over whose kid has the worst tantrums. Mine always wins. My new favorite girls nights out are the “Paint nite” classes. Look for one near you. They are worth it.
What are some things you do to pamper yourself?
Wonderful tips and I finally got a touch up on my roots after 2 months yesterday and this was actually not by any means the longest time I have gone to getting my hair done. SO trust me can fully relate 😉
I finally removed the polish. That was step one. Next is getting some on my toes. Lol! And my roots. Ugh! It is so not pretty. I hope you are having a great weekend Janine.
A good soak in the tub with some delicious smelling bubble bath followed by some luxurious body lotion is always a great way for me to recharge my batteries! Bonus points are added if I can shut the bathroom door and not have someone knocking and asking for something!
Very true. It is hard to relax at home. If they know you are there, you are going to get interrupted. Lol!
My favorite way to pamper myself is to lay in my hammock and read a book…or a blog.
Yes, I had a hammock at my old home and loved it. That was one of my favorite things to do. Ahhhh. I wish I was doing that right now.
You’re so right on these tips! I just wish I actually implemented them more ;). Shopping and gym time are what I’m lacking.
Me too. I want to go back to the gym so badly, but fitting it in…ugh
a long soak in the tub followed by a relaxing massage… i am still trying to find time to do that…
That sound fabulous. I could use that right now.