I’ve learnt in the last few months that I’m a much better person and a much calmer parent when I’ve had some mama ‘time out’ to recharge. I love spending all day with my daughter but as most of you know, being a mum is pretty full on, and sometimes a bad day and night with a toddler can leave you feeling completely exhausted and run down. I’m guessing I’m not alone in this? I think we all deserve a little pampering every now and again.
I often find that I struggle to get childcare that fits in around appointments, so I’ve come up with 5 ways to feel pampered when you can’t get a babysitter:
Mobile masseuse – You’ve just tucked your little ones into bed. They’re sound a sleep. Time to lie down on a couch with some relaxing music, essential oils and a massage. Sounds dreamy? Lots of masseuses from your favourite spas also freelance in the evenings and for a lot cheaper. Ask your favourite masseuse if she does freelance or google one. Some masseuses even do parties, so it’s a good excuse to get the girls around.
Host a girly night – Going out for dinner sometimes leaves me exhausted. Sometimes it’s just nice to call the girls around, put on face-masks, do your nails and watch a cheesy 90’s flick chick…you get my drift. If you can’t get a babysitter and you feel like you’re missing out on the wine, why not have some fun and make some mocktails. Here are some great recipes.
Try reflexology – I recently started having reflexology. If you’re not sure what that is then click here. Not only has it been helping my health, but it’s also given me some relaxing mama time. If you live in Cornwall then I can’t recommend Maria enough.
D.I.Y spa box – The next time you go shopping, buy a bath bomb, a face-mask and other things to make a spa kit. Leave it in a box for a time you really need it. I sometimes sneak a cheeky mini wine bottle in there, and a big bar of galaxy. If you’ve had a bad day or you’re feeling tired and overwhelmed from work, take some much needed time out. This will also make the perfect birthday present or a gift for a new mama.
Mobile hairdresser – Nothing beats going to a salon and getting a fresh new look, but the benefit of being at home is that you don’t have to leave the salon in foils and a towel if your little one starts playing up. See if your normal hairdresser will do a home visit, if not then there are loads of great mobile hairdressers out there. Ask around for recommendations.
If you’re one of the lucky ones who can get a babysitter, and you would rather get pampered elsewhere, then check out this sweet little babysitter box I made. It’ll give you peace of mind when you’re out and will make your babysitter feel looked after.
Would you do any of these? Have you tried anything else we should add to the list?