Yay for February Vacation! My husband and I are both teachers, so we’re off from work for the next week. I’m breathing a sigh of relief because, man did I need this break. Between teaching, caring for my children, and taking care of my home, I. Am. Exhausted.
Can you relate?
Being a teacher, wife, and mama is hard. It’s tiring. There’s always so much to do, and never enough time to do it in. Sometimes it’s all I can manage to get everyone through the day fed and clothed, and collapse into bed at the end of the day.
It’s so important for moms to take time for themselves. We spend all our time caring for other people, and sometimes neglect ourselves in the process. I’m feeling super lucky to have this week to recharge, but even if you don’t have time off, here are some ideas for how you can relax and recharge.
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1. Take a Hot Shower or Bath
Even if you have NO time to yourself at all, can’t get a babysitter, hubby is away, etc. etc. etc., everyone needs to bathe, right? Take your time. Light a candle, do a conditioning treatment on your hair or a facial mask. Pretend you’re at the spa. Play soothing music. Use the guest towels. And remember to lock the door!
2. Run Errands Alone
Here is another one for when you have very limited alone time. Groceries need to be bought, yes? Post office, pharmacy, Target, whatever errands you have. Leave the kids at home or drop them off at their grandparents, and go BY YOURSELF. Get a fancy latte to-go, play your favorites music in the car, wear your cool sunglasses, and enjoy being alone. I try to do this at least once a week. It’s not much, but even just an hour or two to be by myself works wonders for my sanity.
3. Get a Manicure, Pedicure, Massage, or Haircut
A little more time on your hands and a few bucks to spend? Indulge in something a little more decadent. Get your nails done in a fun color. Get a *gasp* professional massage. Go for a cut, color, and style. Have someone care for you for a little while. It’s amazing how a little pampering can lower your stress levels.
4. Go to a Coffee Shop
Have an hour or two but not a lot of money to spend? Grab your favorite book or Kindle, and park your butt in a coffee shop comfy chair for a bit. Order a fancy latte in a REAL MUG, not a paper to-go cup, and sip it while you relax with your reading. I recommend a chai tea latte and the Outlander series.
5. Meet Friends for Lunch or Drinks
Do you know other moms who are just as burnt out and stressed as you? Call them up and meet them for lunch or — my favorite — apps and drinks. Wear your cute boots and those new earrings, and order a fancy cocktail. Commiserate and celebrate with other moms who get it.
6. See a Movie
I’ve only done this once, but I found it rather enjoyable. Go see a movie by yourself. Or with someone, I guess, but really, you’re not talking to them during the movie, so what’s the difference? Get a popcorn with extra butter and some junior mints, and sit it the dark enjoying some Hollywood magic.
7. Attend a Church Service
If you’re not a religious or spiritual person, this one may not be for you, but I always feel refreshed and recharged after Sunday service. I’ve only recently started attending church again, and I really love the hour every week to sit, think, pray, be. I bring my kids up to the nursery for free care, and enjoy the time to reflect on my week and prepare for the next one.
What kinds of things do you do to relax, recharge, and feel like yourself again? Let me know in the comments!
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