I simply adore my family. But sometimes, I feel I’ve lost a little bit of myself somewhere along the line. Truth is, it’s hard to find time for myself and when I do, I wrestle with deep-seeded feelings of guilt… and I know I’m not alone. Taking time to pamper myself is so low on my priorities that truth be told (and no judgement please) there are some days that I’m quite sure even squeezed in a shower. That all changes tonight!
I am truly blessed, but parenting is a 24/7 gig. I don’t know how long its been since I’ve had a shower without my little one looking on or not having to run across the house dripping wet with shampoo still in…
So, tonight I’m scheduling in some time for myself. I’m taking a mental and physical break, so I can reconnect with myself and be a better mum, wife, daughter, friend and feel fabulous again!
I’ve compiled this guide to help all of those hard working mums find that little something they’ve lost… If you can’t remember the last time you sat down and filed your fingernails (yes, all ten of them) in one fell swoop without interruption, then this Guide is for you!
Why Time Out is Good for the Family
No one in their right mind would agree to working 24 hours a day seven days a week without a break. But that is just what we do when we sign up for parenting. It is one of the toughest (and most rewarding) jobs out there. Add the anxieties brought on by Instagram and other sources to be the perfect parent and you’ve got a recipe for mayhem.
I need time out to feel renewed. Having this time out helps me relax as a parent and enjoy my family more when we’re together. And I’m not talking about a week by myself in Bali. Even just an hour or two to pamper myself at home is restorative for my own mental wellbeing. It also gives my partner an opportunity to experience and create his own memories with our little one.
Pamper at Home: A Busy Mum’s Guide
1 RID YOURSELF OF DISTRACTIONS
Hatch a plan to get the kids out of the house for a couple of hours. Which gives way to Tip 2…👶
2 DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE
He doesn’t know yet, but my husband is taking our little on out for a couple of hours. Surprise! 😲
3 FIND YOUR ZEN
Slow down. Find room to breathe again. Light a few candles (I can’t get enough of the candles from Drift Trading Co.), put some music on. While you’re at it, fetch the plush towels usually reserved for visitors.
4. CLEANSE & EXFOLIATE
The key to getting the most from your pamper session is to prep your skin. I’ll be using Citrus Cleanser & Acai Exfoliator. The cleanser is gentle for everyday use, while the exfoliator is great at buffing away my dry winter skin.
5. APPLY A FACE MASK & HAIR TREATMENT
I’ve been gifted plenty of delicious natural bath treats and always thought I’d use them ‘one day’. Seize this moment sister!… failing that, the kids bubble bath will do just fine (beggars can’t be choosers).
Amidst the zen, I’ll be using the Coconut Body Polish by Saya Skincare. 🛀
7. TONE & TREAT
I love using Cedar + Stone’s Pure Rosewater as a toner. For a skin treatment, I’m using The Jojoba Co’s Ultimate Youth Potion as it gives me all the winter hydration I need while keeping the wrinkles at bay.
My advice for any sleep deprived mother… arm yourself with a decent Night Cream. I love the one by Saya (Night Moisture). Don’t forget to apply an eye cream too. For my body, I’ve been using the super indulgent Wild Rosella Body Lotion by Leif, but all of their products are ah-mazing and an indulgence in themselves!
Pampering is thirsty work. Pour yourself a nice glass of wine 🍷 or a herbal tea, sit down with a book and relax.