Us mums work so hard and spend so much time caring for others that we often end up neglecting our own needs instead. This is not a good idea because if we’re tired and burned out, it can affect the whole family and not in a good way, which is exactly why we all deserve to claw back some time.
One of the best ways to have some mummy me-time, to combat the frazzle, is by creating your own mini-retreat that you can do at home, You’ll get to relax, put your feet up and pamper yourself without any interruptions. Sound good? Here’s what you need to do:
Find a Quiet Space
Unless you live a huge mansion, this is probably going to be the most difficult part, unless you can convince your partner or another trusted person to take the kids out for the day or unless you’re willing to build a retreat shed – something that is surprisingly cheap and easy to do with little more than Onduline Roofing Sheets, a garden shed base and some cheap shed timber – but it’s vital to the process. Even if you have to hide out in the spare room while the kids stay downstairs to find some quiet space that will afford you total privacy.
Invest in Some Fancy Products
As a mum, chances are you don’t spend a whole lot of money on yourself and it can seem selfish to do so, but you work hard and you deserve to treat yourself from tie to time just as much as anyone. So, treat yourself to some ‘better’ beauty products than you usually would. Whether it’s a really nice foot cream or a high-end nail polish that will make your hands look amazing, don’t think about it, just buy it and take it to your quiet space.
Buy Some Nice Food
You’re also going to want to fill your retreat space with lots of yummy food and it’s totally up to you what constitutes healthy food. If you want to nibble on carrot sticks and hummus, buy that or if you want to treat yourself to luxury Belgian chocolates and champagne, that is totally cool too. It’s your day and you should do whatever it is you want to do.
Do Some Light Exercise
Active relaxation is just as good at recharging your batteries, if not more so than putting your feet up and pampering yourself or scoffing choccies, so if you have enough time – try to get the whole day to yourself – doing a little yoga or tai chi, along with a little meditation will work wonders for you, rejuvenating you to the point where you feel like a whole new woman.
Have a Friend Over
Retreats are always better when you have good company, so bring invite a friend over – another frazzled mum would really appreciate it – and have fun talking, laughing and maybe even doing a little gossiping over a glass of wine for the perfect end to your mini-retreat