If you are a parent, I’m sure you have experienced moments or even a whole day of feeling like you can’t wash one more sticky hand, hear Mama one more time, deal with another epic tantrum, do another rerun of Wheels on the Bus…
And if you have then now is the time to take a real break and do something just for yourself. Even a small escape can go a long way toward helping you through the day.
I’ve put together a list of 7 indulgences to rejuvenate and reenergize. Here goes!
Brass planters from Morataara
1) Bloom and grow
Gardening nurtures not only plants but people too. The fresh air, the exercise, and the reward of watching your garden flourish in front of your eyes is extremely rejuvenating. Seeing a seedling sprout and grow or flowers bloom on a plant laboured with love gives me such a sense of accomplishment when the weekend seems mired in piles of washing and dirty dishes. 😀
Spent time repotting a few plants for these lovely new planters I got from @morataara this weekend. And it was super satisfying. They’ve got some other great home products as well, if you are looking for serveware, planters, lights and all sorts of home décor, go have a look.
2) Solo time
My favorite way to indulge myself is to take the day off work not for a reason but myself! And then spend the time by myself, mostly taking a much needed nap 😀 But other days try and catch lunch by myself and shop- in stores or even online. The alone time always leaved me feeling rejuvenated. And ready to take on more 😊
I haven’t quite ventured for a movie alone, but I think it’s a great idea too. A movie, a walk by yourself…I’m sure itll leave you with fresh inspiration and ideas 😊
3) Word play
I was always a voracious reader, but somewhere down the line after becoming a parent, to take that alone time out to just read became sparse. I mean let’s face it, to read an entire chapter without getting interrupted by “Mamma…!” is a major feat! But now, every chance I get, I use it wisely. The half an hour the nanny takes the little one out to the play area, instead of starting on another chore, I pull out a book, a cup of tea in hand and read. When the boys finally call it a night, I flop on the bed and read. Other days I choose not to drive and cab it to work, so I can use the time to read. Snatch the time when you can, and you’ll find that reading provides a perfect escape that you sometimes crave from your daily humdrum.
4) A date night
A “date” with your partner will give both you and your partner a much needed break. Just breaking out of the monotony of seeing each rush, rush to get ready for work, rush to get the kids ready…or in pyjamas! Dressing up, choosing a new place to go out, its all such an amazing rush. A faint but sure reminder of the first few months…the honeymoon period right?
Whats important and invariably will happen…is talk of kids! Avoid it!! I mean I know it’ll be hard to completely steer clear of the topic but to make the whole evening about them 😀 But try not to spend the whole evening talking about the kids. Reminisce about how you met, your first date, your favorite memory of life before kids. It will help you reconnect at a time when you both really need each other.
The break will do not just you but the kids good. After all, happy you is happy them right? And we all know, no matter how perfect a marriage, it needs work.
5) Love your body
A manicure, a pedicure, a massage, a facial, or a new hairdo…any form of physical pampering! Ah! The bliss of having someone else take care of you 😊 It not only leaves you looking great but feeling great as well!
Being a mother can be hard on the body. The lack of sleep, multi tasking cooking with one hand and holding the baby with the other…the constant juggle. A relaxing massage every once in a while can be great to get your mind off daily chores and leaving you totally refreshed. Indulgence and maintenance all in one.
6) Deep sleep
A chance to sleep late in the morning, or enjoy an afternoon nap si …I know nothing short of a miracle but they are truly they are truly the best, aren’t they?! 😊 I usually use the weekends to try and catch on some much needed REM’s to recharge the batteries for the week ahead. Little like a camel stocking up water in its hump…:D I store sleep!
7) Adult conversation
In between all the baby talk, singing wheels on the bus for the nth time or talking about dragons and robots, you sometimes forget you aren’t a 3 year old your self but a full grown adult! 😛
A date out with a friend or even a long peaceful chat on the phone can leave you feeling like a new person. Its also a great chance for you and your better half to do things that you don’t enjoy doing together. Maybe he wants to go watch a football match while you’d rather go to a nice new café which just opened up. Swap turns to baby sit and do your only thing in your time. A total win-win!
What other ways do you indulge in self love?