It’s been awhile since I last posted my “mom off duty”style without my sidekick by my side. Scout and I are always together so it’s nice to take some time out to myself. When she’s in school, my days are usually filled with showroom meetings, emails and writing but I squeeze in a little workout and coffee with friends.
Taking time off helps with my patience so I’m not burnt out and cranky. I also arrange for a babysitter once or twice a week for date night and dinner with friends. Usually I catch myself wanting to cancel my evening plans because I’m so tired but always feel so much better once I’m out. I wanted to suggest 6 tips to help you grab some extra time off.
Gym Time: Try waking up an hour earlier to get a little workout in. Excercise releases endorphins which is a feel good hormone that can put you in a great mood. Try using a gym membership that lets you try different workouts all over your city such as Classpass.
Lunch Break: Have lunch with friends on your lunch break. It’s so easy to lose touch with your single friends once you become a parent but you should make time to catch up.
Shop: I’m not saying you should shop till you drop but by something new! Purchase something you want to wear out for date night. It could be a new lipstick shade or a pair of shoes. It will help motivate you to go out when you’re not feeling up to it.
Spa Time: Sometimes you just need to relax by yourself. Grab a manicure if you’re pressed for time or treat yourself to a full massage to alleviate tension out of your back and body.
Positive Affirmations: I’m a big fan of positive thinking and manifesting my thoughts to become reality. I take 15 minutes at night and 10 minutes in the morning to listen to positive affirmations. I also repeat them throughout the day. This brief meditation has helped me overcome anxiety and a lot of positive things have transpired in my life because of it. I suggest reading or finding a video on YouTube that will work for you.
Date Night: I can’t stress this enough, GO OUT! Hire a sitter and have some adult time. Treat yourself to a great dinner and a glass of wine. If you can’t find a sitter try doing kid swaps with your neighbors or friends. We take the neighbors kids when they want to go out and vice versa. That way you have no baby sitting fees and your kids get to play together. I’m only suggesting this method if you know your neighbors well.
Hope you get inspired to take some time off!
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