As a mother, you feel as though you need to do everything. Sometimes, though, you try to be superwoman, and that is just not realistic. You can’t do a million things at once each day. Attempting to do will mean that you burnout and lack energy. If you want to be a fantastic mommy, you need to have some time to yourself now and then. Often, parents feel guilty for wanting time away from their little ones. You should never feel guilty about that. You are a human being as well as a caregiver, and that means that you deserve some time out.
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Step 1: Find a babysitter
The first thing, you need to do, is find a babysitter. If you are a single parent, you should ask a family member or a friend if they are free for a day. If you live with your partner, you might find that they can take the kids while you have a day off. Remember, it works both ways – if your partner gives you a day off, you should do the same for them another day. Find someone who you can trust so that you feel at ease leaving your kids with them.
Step 2: Call up your best friend
When was the last time you saw your bestie? Do you remember? When people have families, their life changes forever. You need to make time for the people who you care about in your life. Every woman needs a best friend, and so you should ensure that you don’t neglect yours. Ask her whether she is free to have a day with you. The two of you can catch up and chat like you used to before you had children.
Step 3: Turn your phone to silent
This step is super important if you want to relax. If you check your phone every five minutes, it means that you will never switch off and chill out. Instead, you should turn your phone to silent. Most phones will let you assign unique ringtones to each caller. Make sure that your babysitter (or partner) has a loud ringtone, but that the rest of your phone is on silent. That way, if there is an emergency, someone can reach you. Otherwise, you get some peace and quiet.
Step 4: Check into a spa for the day
If you want to have some quiet time, you should think about booking a spa day. You and your best friend will get the chance to relax with one another. You can book yourself some calming massages and treatments. Once you wrap yourself up in the spa towels you will start to feel yourself unwind. After a few hours in the tranquil atmosphere, you will feel like a whole new person. If you book ahead of time, you can often get special deals or discounts.
Step 5: Don’t talk about your home life
When you are having a break, the last thing you need to do is spend all day long chatting about your home life. If you find that you talk about money, housework or the kids, you need to stop. Instead, you should speak of fun and exciting things. Ask your friend what is new in her life and find out how she is these days. In doing so, you will show her that you care about her, in the same way, that you used to.
Step 6: Treat yourself (for once)
You might feel as though you need to save all your money for bills and groceries, but sometimes, you need to treat yourself. As a mom, you work super hard every day. For one day only, give into temptation and treat yourself. You know you want to!