Every busy mother should treat themselves once in awhile. But we don’t always have the opportunity to do so. And our hubbies aren’t psychic, so we need to give them a gentle prod on occasion to let them know that we need a break. It can feel like a shock to the system when we actually get a bit of downtime, especially for those mothers out there that have just gone back to work, and so the idea of rest and relaxation is completely off the cards for most. But, here are some small ways to treat yourself.
Have A Spa Day (Or Half Day)
Or at least a treatment. Having a luxurious couple of hours in the spa helps tension to melt away. And sometimes you might not even care that you’ve been up all night, once you lie down on the massage table, or you settle into that bubbling jacuzzi, the stress you feel in your muscles will give way to relaxation.
Buy That Jewellery You’ve Wanted
We don’t treat ourselves that much, do we? So if you’ve been on maternity, and haven’t had the opportunity to spend much of that maternity pay, then why don’t you treat yourself to something you’ve wanted for some time? It doesn’t have to be expensive, you can get a lovely personalised locket necklace in sterling silver for a good price, or if you’ve had your eye on a beautiful watch, give yourself the excuse!
Get A Nice Hobby
Yes, you might argue that there’s been no time to have a hobby, but no doubt you had time to watch your favourite soap? Sometimes our lives can feel so jam-packed with stressful activities, that we forget to do the things that make us happy. If you’ve been thinking about starting a hobby that has been on the cards for a while, it’s going to help you feel rested and rejuvenated, even though you’re doing something! Lots of mums talk about the fact that sewing or crafts helps to relax them. If this is something that you fancied for a while, it’s one of the perfect ways to unwind.
Have That Nap
If you’re tired, it can feel like a nice little treat. If you’re one of those who wakes after a nap feeling more sluggish, the solution is to have a “caffeine nap”. This is where you have a cup of coffee, then go down for a nap, the caffeine hits your system after 20 minutes, and you wake up feeling full of energy.
Time to yourself is a luxury not many of us have, and when you have a child, that is doubly (or triply) so. But if you don’t take the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate when you can, this stress will build up, and you could very quickly get ill. Having little treats, as part of your normal day is that little bit of light on a stressful day. Some of us don’t feel we are justified to treat ourselves, but if you don’t treat yourself now, when will you?!