How to pamper yourself with a Mommy day out
by Melissa Brodsky
By very definition, carrying the mom title means you spend your time giving to others. You nurture, protect, teach, feed, clean, and clothe your loved ones, among other things … and take too little time to take care of or simply enjoy yourself.
Don’t let the all-too-common mommy guilt get in the way of taking time off for you. You deserve time to do the things that make you feel good. And mommy’s day off is actually good for your whole family.
It will help you avoid the burnout that could leave you frustrated, impatient, and unable to be the wonderful mom your family counts on.
What to do when you finally do get a mommy’s day off? Here are some good ideas:
Okay, you will obviously do something, but focus on doing nothing in particular. Sleep in, read a book, soak in the tub, take a nap, lounge around the house, and watch your favorite television shows. Do whatever makes you feel relaxed and free of stress. Make sure you have an empty house for this one, however. It will never work if the kids or hubby are at home too. Sooner or later someone will find you!
Moms rarely get the chance to just focus on feeling great. Spend your day off at a spa, and say yes please to that deep tissue massage. If you can’t afford a spa day, or just aren’t into that, head to the salon to have your hair colored, cut, or styled. Get a manicure or a pedicure or both. Pampering yourself will leave you not only feeling rejuvenated but also looking great!
Hang With the Girls
Remember when you had all the time in the world to hang with your friends at the mall or at the movies? Use your mommy’s day off to relive those carefree days. Meet at the mall to do a little shopping (even if it’s window shopping), go out for a delicious meal, or head to a movie together. Or hang out at home, mix up some tasty cocktails, and gab without interruption.
See a Movie
Go to a movie all by yourself! You get to pick the movie and no one will complain that it’s too girly or make you miss important scenes taking them to the bathroom. Whether you want to see the latest chick flick, sci-fi adventure, period drama, or indie film, grab your favorite snacks and settle in–enjoy!
Don’t be surprised if you find yourself missing your family on your day off. This doesn’t mean you should cut your day short and rush back to them, however. Take the time to relax and enjoy yourself. Who knows when you will get another mommy’s day off?
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