You work extremely hard – admit it! A mum never does.
You’ve had a challenging summer attempting to entertain the kids and now it’s time to think about yourself. They’re all back at school, and whether you’re a working mum or not, this means a little more alone time to unwind and relax.
There is always plenty of room to treat yourself and here are just 5 amazing ways you can make yourself feel like a trillion pounds:
There’s nothing like a new top or shiny pair of shoes to brighten your mood. Us shopaholics get that little rush after purchasing something so delectable that we often have to wear that item straight away! What is more of a treat than splurging on jewellery? Whether your birthday is coming up or you’ve had a tough month, any excuse goes.
If you love accessorising then the high street always has affordable and on-trend options for you to adapt your look with ease, however for something a little more distinct, head to the specialist jewellery stores. You’ll get something unique and 100% YOU.
Still in need some more inspiration? Why not update your watch?
You’re so used to the functional style that solely informs you that there aren’t enough hours in the day; something a bit more special will make you feel a bit more special too.
Brands such as Chanel and Chopard are wonderful delicate choices available at stores such as www.watches-of-switzerland.co.uk and there are hardier versions too if you’re worried your busy mummy lifestyle means a limited lifespan.
From an amazing piece of jewellery to something oh-so simple; chocolate. This will be especially relished if you’re usually so restrictive in your diet. And chocolate doesn’t need to be so bad…
It is a known fact that a certain amount of chocolate will make you feel happier and fuller too; dark chocolate has been proven to be far more filling than other types of chocolate AND lessens your cravings for other sweet, salty and fatty foods.
And there are more health benefits too.
Dark chocolate in particular has been proven to reduce your risk of heart failure, strokes and heart attacks and can lower your blood pressure by up to a third when eating approximately one or two serving each week. What’s more, if you’re a bit of a health and fitness nut, a little bit of chocolate can actually aid in weight loss when teamed with your usual regime. It contains healthy antioxidants when combined with lowering blood pressure can benefit exercise for overweight individuals. Why not make it a weekly treat?
I’m not talking about uprooting entire rooms, plastering and spending hard earned cash on new appliances and expensive furnishings. Just adding a few bits here and there that make your house feel more like a home. With kids, your home can sometimes resemble a toy explosion and we all have a room that is just our own, whether it’s the bedroom or a study.
When out and about, if you see that little trinket or a few cushions that don’t necessarily go with your assemble but love anyway, treat yourself! These little bits and bobs will remind you of great times when you’re feeling low.
A bubble bath
A spa day might be a little out of reach. After all, Christmas is just around the corner and who exactly has the time for that anyway!
If you really can’t squeeze in a delightful spa day with friends and family (or in pure solitude if that’s what you prefer) then a simple bubble bath can works wonders, especially if you’ve had a taxing day. Why not make it a weekly ritual? Complete with your favourite magazines, new book and soothing music. But how can you run the perfect bath? Here are a couple of simple tips:
- Make sure you have that decent amount of undisruptive time, and make sure your family knows too! 30 minutes is usually an ideal time for the perfect bath during the late-ish evening an hour or less before bed. Perfect wind down time.
- Get it hot! You’ve now got 30 minutes of blissful alone time. A chilly bath after 10 minutes is going to have the opposite effect of treating yourself. The air around the bath can hinder its heat so make sure you’ve got the heating on too.
- Get into the habit of keeping magazines and great books near the tub.
- Lastly, don’t forget the extras that make it complete; candles, scent sticks and aromatherapy smelling bath washes will all help you wind down.
When you’re in a bad mood, it can be easy to just recluse. However, make sure you get up and about to combat the mood and treat yourself. Whether it’s a relaxing wander around the surrounding countryside or a trip to your favourite local coffee shop for your favourite cake and a chat with an old friend, exploring makes you more active, productive and your day more worthwhile.
To take it one step further, why not book a long weekend away exploring the UK or even Europe? You can get many cheap flights to amazing destinations such as Amsterdam, Barcelona or Rome for just a few days and you’ll come back refreshed and rejuvenated.
Europe is right on our doorstep and we don’t take advantage of it the way we should, but we’re the same on our own soil too. Staycations have been forever growing in popularity over recent year and you can find some absolutely stunning locations from user reviews and recommendations.