Finding time for self-care can be difficult enough for busy moms, but it can be even more tricky during this pandemic. We’re all stressed out, worried about people, and missing the way things used to be. This means it’s even more important than usual to find some small things to cheer yourself up and keep yourself feeling as positive as possible.
Make Time For Yourself
If everyone is at home more than they used to, you might find that you’re looking after the children and caring for the house even more than before and struggle to find any time just for you. Try not to sacrifice your you-time, even if you don’t get much time to yourself. Tell your family that you need this time and that you’re not to be disturbed unless it’s an emergency.
Find something to do by yourself that you find soothing. Watch an episode of a favorite show, drink a coffee on the deck, or take a hot bath. Read a chapter of your book, or go to bed early.
Some pampering time is a good idea too. Give yourself a mani-pedi. Do a facemask.
Give Yourself A Gift
You don’t need to spend lots of money on gifts for yourself, but a little something can really list your mood. Send flowers to yourself. They’ll cheer up the house a bit and make you smile when you see them.
Buy an expensive bubble bath or moisturizer to use during your pampering time. If you’re on a stricter budget, something small like a new nail varnish or a bar of your favorite chocolate could be enough for a mood boost too.
If you’re struggling with feeling bored while you’re stuck at home, then treat yourself to something to do, like a new book, DVD, or game to keep you busy. If you like to relax with a hot drink, your gift for yourself could be posh teabags or high-quality coffee. Buy more expensive cookies than you usually would or a scented candle. As long as it cheers you up and makes being at home more relaxing or fun, then it counts as a good gift to yourself.
Embrace The Family Time
Try to see the positives of all the extra time you have at home. You might not ever get this much time to spend together as a family again, so embrace the family time while you can. Plan fun things for you to do.
For example, at weekends, plan long walks, bike rides, or set up some sort of sporting event in the garden. Perhaps you could host the family Olympics with different events in different parts of the garden. In the evenings, pretend you’re at the movies with a movie and lots of snacks. Play board games together. Cook as a family.
Ask the children for ideas of activities you could do together. This gets them involved and encourages them to think creatively. You might be surprised with what fun things they come up with.