Until I became a mom, I never really understood how much a trip to Target could feel like a vacation.
For the first few months after our son was born, I pretty much stayed in the house except to take him to doctor’s appointments. It was cold and flu season, he had been in the NICU and we were advised against taking him out anywhere. I about lost my mind. When he was in the NICU I didn’t walk outside for 13 days straight. I didn’t understand that moms need a break, too. My mom and nurses kept pushing me to at least walk outside…get some fresh air…go for a car ride with my husband. I didn’t really understand at the time why they all kept pushing me to do that, why would I want to leave my baby? After I finally gave in and went out for about 30 minutes with my husband, I understood what they meant. I felt like a new woman! 30 minutes of fresh air and a change of scenery did my heart and soul good!
Now that I have been a mom for 7 months, I am starting to understand more and more that moms need a break. I have complete respect for working moms, they get up, leave their babies and go to work. After they return home, they have to cook dinner and do the housework. As a work at home mom, sometimes it’s easy to get in the routine of staying my PJ’s all day, working and not taking a break for myself.
I have found that when I take care of myself and take a break, that I feel better about myself.
I am a better mom when I take care of myself.
Below are three of the ways I have found to take a break and take care of myself:
Pedicures–I have always enjoyed mani/pedis. There is just something so relaxing about a pedicure. Since having our little one, I try to get a pedicure at least once a month–sometimes more, sometimes less. Yes, this can be expensive, but to our family, the $35 is well spent. I come back relaxed, refreshed (and with cute toes!).
Alone Time–This can be a pretty generic way to take a break and take care of yourself. Sometimes this looks like going in my office with a glass of wine and surfing Pinterest. Sometimes it looks like going to Panera and working alone for a bit. Sometimes it looks like going downstairs and doing laundry alone. Other times it may be a trip to Target. Alone time is something that is difficult to come by when you become a mom, but I have found that taking a little bit of alone time, especially on those stressful days, can give me the bit of refreshment I need. I know that not all moms have this luxury-some are single moms, some have husbands who work long hours, others have husbands who work out of town. Even if it means hiring a babysitter once a month for an hour, or asking your mom to watch the kids for a little bit–I highly recommend taking a little bit of alone time when you start to feel overwhelmed and stressed out.
Get Dressed, Put on Some Perfume & Make Up- Before having a baby, I would never leave the house without make up on and my hair done. Since becoming a mom, there have been several times I have left the house and thought “I really hope I don’t get in a wreck, I am so ashamed of how I look!”. No, life is not all about makeup and perfume, but sometimes it does make you feel better! It’s amazing what a little eye liner and a dab of perfume can do for your attitude.