5 Ways to Use Your “Me” Time After Having a Baby
“Me” time: To many of us, those two words sound like another language. In a world where we are constantly on the move for the sake of others, we need to remember to set aside some time to spend however we see fit. Whether it’s curling up with your favorite book or getting a full-blown makeover, discover five ways you can make your “me” time count.
Join a Book Club
A book club is a different way to enjoy your favorite books and meet people who are into the same genres you are. Not only do you get to curl up with a new book, but you also get the opportunity to discuss it with others. Websites such as Facebook and Meetup can help you connect with other readers and join local clubs in your area. Load up the Kindle with all your favorite titles and be a bookworm.
Go on a Hike
According to South University, studies show that by spending time in nature, our mental health improves. Set aside a few hours or a day to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and relax while getting in some exercise.
Strap on those boots and hit the trail. Enjoy a solo hike or get a group of gal pals together for a day in nature. For help finding local hikes in your area, check out resources such as AllTrails.com. As an added bonus, hike to a point of interest, such as a lake or waterfall, for some personal reflection time.
Plan a Spa Day
Turn off your cell phone, check out from your daily schedule, and check in at the spa. Gather your girlfriends and plan a spa day. Pamper yourself with a rejuvenating massage, revitalize your skin with a facial, or get caught up on all the latest news from your friends by getting a group manicure and pedicure.
After a relaxing day of treatments, top the day off with a new look by getting a salon styling. Afterward, show off your new look by going out to dinner. You can find some helpful guides online to help you plan your pamper-perfect day at the spa.
Treat Yourself to Some Retail Therapy
In a world where you are always on the run grabbing groceries for the family, buying clothing for your kids, or picking up your hubby’s dry cleaning, you may often feel as though you don’t have time to shop for yourself. Break the cycle by penciling in some time to shop for you. Buy that cute dress you’ve been eyeballing; snag a new pair of cute flats. Say goodbye to mom jeans and hello to a new cute look just for you.
Enroll in an Exercise Class
Nothing gets the endorphins going like exercise. Breaking a sweat not only improves your fitness, but it can also make you happy. Carving out time for the gym is not always on your radar, so make it a priority and sign up for an exercise class. When you do, you can set aside time in your schedule, increasing your chances of making your workout a healthy habit.
Take a moment and think about what you would do with some time set aside just for you. Get out your calendar and make that appointment with yourself. Afterward, you’ll be ready to tackle the challenges of motherhood.