12 Ways to Pamper Yourself Without Leaving Home
Last week we wrote about the Myths of Motherhood and the importance of taking time to nurture yourself. This can be difficult given the demands of raising a baby. Sometimes at best you can squeeze 20 to 30 minutes to yourself. We have 12 suggestions for ways to pamper yourself on those busy days. Keep a mental list of the ones that appeal to you most so that when your baby’s nap time hits or your partner is available, you can have a mini-pamper session.
1. Write in your diary, journal or blog
If you are a person who loves to journal, pick up your pen or computer and take guilt free time to express yourself.
2. Indulge in a warm cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate.
Next time you are at the grocery store, buy a “special treat” variety of your favorite hot beverage and stash it in the back of the cupboard. When you have 20 minutes, boil your brew and take it to your favorite chair. Slowly sip and relax, focusing on the moment instead of your to-do list.
3. Do a home pedicure
Soak your feet in a tub of warm scented water for 10 minutes. Rub off rough spots with a pumice stone. Use your favorite moisturizer on your feet and apply a coat of your favorite colored toe polish.
4. Dress up, style your hair and put on makeup
In the busyness of life with a new baby, the majority of our days may be spent in sweatpants. However, when you need a lift, pamper yourself and put on your favorite outfit. Dig out some earrings and style your hair.
5. Take a long soothing bath
Negotiate with your partner to keep the little ones quiet while you indulge in a long bath. Playing music, lighting candles or using bubble bath or scented oil can make it feel extra special.
6. Read a good book or your favorite magazine
It can be a treat to curl up with a good book or your favorite magazine. Try to choose something other than a “how to” book about parenting! This can be doubly relaxing when combined with suggestion #5.
7. Watch an episode of your favorite series
Is there a series you used to love in your “pre-children” days? Take the time to watch an episode, guilt free.
8. Burn your favorite scented candle
We often purchase scented candles for special occasions. Make today the special occasion and burn your best scented candle. This can be relaxing and a wonderful stress reliever. Even if you can’t get a break a real break, the flickering of a candle can help you to relax.
9. Phone a friend.
When you have 20 minutes, telephone a friend to have an adult conversation. Catch up on news, trying to focus on talking about anything other than parenting.
Put on some soft music, get out your mat and do a few of the most relaxing yoga poses. Try to quiet your mind and focus on something you find relaxing, perhaps your favorite vacation spot.
11. Go for a walk
This technically involves leaving your house but you wouldn’t have to go far…When your partner gets home, take 20 minutes to go for a walk by yourself. Put on earphones with your favorite music and go for a brisk walk. The exercise, combined with music and the outdoors can really lift your mood.
12. Do absolutely nothing
This is quite possibly our favorite way to pamper ourselves when time is tight. Sit in your most comfortable chair and do absolutely nothing for 20 minutes, guilt free. Concentrate on the feeling of relaxation. Sit in a lounge chair in the sunshine if weather allows.
Do you have other mini-pamper ideas that have worked for you? We would love to hear them.
About the authors:
Cindy and Jana are Registered Nurses and International Board Certified Lactation Consultants who have assisted over 20,000 families.
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