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When you’re a busy mom, time isn’t on your side. Whether you’re in the trenches of breastfeeding or hauling children off to after-school activities, it can seem like there’s very little time for yourself. This is why you need to become intentional with prioritizing yourself. And a great way to prioritize yourself is by treating yourself. Consider the below best ways to get started.
1. New Hairstyle
There’s nothing quite like a fresh haircut or a new color to make a woman feel brand-new. Instead of trying to DIY the process, go to a local hair salon. Allow the professionals to shampoo and massage your scalp. Get a fresh new look that makes you smile each time you look in the mirror.
2. Manicure and Pedicure
Between washing dishes and standing to care for little ones, your hands and feet deserve some TLC. This is why a great manicure and pedicure serve as excellent treats.
If you’re not used to getting your nails and toes done, start by treating yourself once a month. Choose colors you wouldn’t normally pick in order to add some diversity to your life.
If your nail salon offers services such as waxing, lashes, or facials, add them to your list of things to try in the future.
3. Updated Wardrobe
It’s not uncommon for moms to make sure their children are immaculately dressed while their own clothes are in shambles. Take time to update your closet on a seasonal basis.
Look through your closet to get realistic about what you wear and don’t wear. As you get rid of pieces, purchase new pieces from women’s online clothing shops in order to keep your look current, fresh, and stylish.
4. Spa Treatments
A number of spas provide incredible services such as deep-tissue massages, hot stone therapy, and facials. A good massage is excellent for the lymphatic system, as it improves blood flow and circulation.
A spa treatment is one of the few places you’ll enjoy solitude, as it’s a kid-free zone. Plus, many spas offer shorter services for people who are short on time.
If you want a 30-minute massage or a 15-minute pedicure, many places accommodate the need for expediency.
5. Solo Date
In many cases, moms want uninterrupted time to themselves. So, if you have a partner, hand the kids to them and give yourself the night off. Go on a solo date to a place of your choice.
Whether you take yourself to a restaurant, the local bookstore, or the theater, take time to enjoy your own interests. To up the ante, schedule a ride-sharing service to come and pick you up. This eliminates the need to even drive yourself around.
6. 30-Minute Personal Time
Once the children go down to bed, consider setting aside 30 minutes that will allow you to unwind. Don’t go straight to another chore. Instead, take 30 minutes to pour yourself a glass of wine or a hot cup of tea.
Whether you love popcorn or dark chocolate, grab a beloved treat to enjoy as well. Curl up on the couch with a book or a favorite television show. Savor those moments because you deserve them.
When you have the financial margin to outsource portions of your life, now is the time to do it. Instead of trying to do all of the cleaning, laundry, and cooking, pick one task that you’ll outsource. Even if it’s only outsourced for one day, it’s worth it.
For example, instead of worrying about what’s for dinner, order pizza. Instead of washing all of the week’s laundry, hire a laundering service to pick up the laundry, clean it, and drop it off.
Even as you find ways to treat yourself, know that these treats don’t replace self-care. Self-care includes getting a full night’s rest, eating nutrient-rich food, and exercising. If you don’t take good care of yourself, you sabotage your chances of being here long enough to enjoy those you’re taking care of.
So, as you prioritize a treat, make sure you’re also prioritizing a self-care ritual. You’re worthy of the care you lavishly bestow on others.