As a mother, you may have the tendency to take care of everyone else before yourself. Your family depends on you to run the household, manage the bills, and keep everyone happy. It’s a tough job that can be overwhelming at times.
It’s important to replenish yourself as a mother and as an individual. Indulge in activities that bring you pleasure and make time for yourself.
Self-indulgence doesn’t have to be expensive, there are plenty of low-cost and even free ways to treat yourself. Here are effective ways to pamper yourself.
10 Take a Bath
A warm bath can relax you after a long day. You can draw a warm bath right in the comfort of your home. Add candles along the edges of the tub to create a spa-like feel.
Pour Epsom salt inside your bath to treat sore muscles. An Epsom salt bath soothes achy muscles. This type of mineral is believed to draw out negative energy so it’s great for spiritual healing too.
Bubbles can liven up your bath tub water, scented bubble bath is beneficial. Natural scents such as peppermint, lavender, and lemon can improve your mood.
9 Drink a Cup of Tea
There are a variety of teas to choose from. Most teas can be purchased through major retailers. There are specially made teas created by companies that specialize in gourmet goods.
Tea has many mental healing properties. A study from the University of San Francisco found that green tea contains antioxidants which increase the presence of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine alerts the brain to create positive moods.
Herbal teas are caffeine-free. Decaffeinated teas have small amounts of caffeine, so it’s best to avoid these teas before bedtime. Use natural sweeteners as an alternative to caffeinated ingredients.
8 Read a Book
Reading a good book has many benefits. A 2013 study by the Book Trust stated that people who read regularly are happier and view life as worthwhile. Reading creates a window of opportunity for your imagination to take hold and gives the reader a chance to explore a new world.
Setting aside, reading for thirty minutes can significantly boost brain power. Finding that type of downtime can be a challenge though, try to squeeze in the time when your kids are playing or napping.
Choose books that interest you. Ask your local librarian about good titles if you’re unsure. The New York Times Best Sellers section provides a list of the most popular, top selling books.
7 Get Dressed Up
As the saying goes, “When you look good, you feel good.” Looking your best can instantly improve your mood. It can be difficult to find the motivation to dress well while taking care of young children, but making small changes to your wardrobe can work wonders.
Swap your sweatpants and T-shirt for a more casual look, such as slacks and a blouse. Applying lip gloss or light mascara can transform your everyday look. If you’re feeling a bit daring, slip on a pair of high heels or cute flats to compliment your new look.
You don’t have to pay a fortune to look good. There are upscale consignment shops that sell gently used name brand clothes. What makes consignment places unique is that their clothes are sold for less than retail price.
6 Meet Up With Friends
Having a life separate from your children’s is important. Sometimes family and work life can get in the way of social time with friends. You achieve balance by making sure you nurture your platonic relationships.
Don’t rely on virtual communication as the main way to stay in touch. Make an agreement to meet in person over lunch and converse with a friend about whatever is on your mind. Make a point to listen to your friend as well. This type of interaction will give you the much-needed chance to catch up on old times.
Aim to meet up with friends on a weekly or monthly basis. Choose places that has the least amount of distraction. Some ideal places to meet up are parks, bookstores, or small cafes.
5 Get Away For a Weekend
If you can get away with your significant other or even a group of friends, try to spend a weekend away. Use this time to reconnect or just relax and take your mind off your daily grind. Giving yourself this time can make a huge difference in your mood. So if you can afford to go away do it, or even just stay the weekend at a friend’s house, it will do your psyche some good.
Retreats are great places to escape temporarily from the real world. These special getaways are designed to connect like-minded individuals in an effort to help them with life skills, spiritual or personal growth. You can choose your preference in which retreat to attend. Grants and scholarships may be available to help cover the costs. Many of these types of setups are on a need based. Plan ahead to take advantage of these benefits.
4 Listen to Music
Rocking out to your favorite tunes can instantly boost your mood. You can jam out to some of your favorite songs anywhere, anytime. Simply turn on your music player and enjoy the melodies or messages.
Your brain releases dopamine when you listen to music you like. This chemical is responsible making you feel happy. Music can put you into a euphoric state. It’s one way to escape from reality even if only for a few minutes.
Jazz can calm the mind with its smooth sound. Gospel is an uplifting genre of music that can spiritually help you. Choose whatever music that works best for you.
3 Go to a Day Spa
Treat yourself to professional grooming services. Some popular services at spas are pedicures, massages, hair removal, and makeup application. The people who work there are certified professionals who are trained to help you look and feel your best.
Most spas offer special discounts to its customers. A good time to go is during the holiday seasons. Some spas even offer free services for first-time customers. Ask in advance about deals before booking an appointment.
If you can’t afford spa services, consider creating an at-home spa setup. Portable foot massagers can be setup right in your living room. Face scrubs and mask treatments can be purchased at drugstores and you can always ask your better half to give you a massage or rub your feet.
2 Dine Out
Food brings just about everyone pleasure. The taste alone of some of the tastiest soul food dishes can make you forget about all your worries. What can be more relaxing than dining out at your favorite restaurant?
Rather than eating on the go, sit-down restaurants offers a slower pace. You’ll be able to enjoy your meal without feeling rushed. Being waited on is great it gives you the chance to reconnect with the other people at the table.
Meditation helps calm the mind and renew the spirit. Motherhood and pregnancy can demand so much and take away the needed energy to cope with life. It’s important to make time regularly feeding your soul.
Journaling is an easy and highly effective form of meditation. All you need to get started is a journal and a pen or pencil. Write about whatever is on your mind. Try not to censor yourself as this blocks creativity. There are journal prompts to help spark inspiration.
Another form of meditation is yoga. You don’t have to be an expert to perform these exercises. In fact, you can buy yoga DVDs that cater to all skill levels and perform yoga at home. Yoga improves posture, decreases joint pain, and promotes relaxation.