When people ask you to describe yourself in one word, you feel you don’t have to quiz yourself on this and quickly blurt out “frugal”. You seem to have mastered the art of living on meager resources in these economically-challenging times.
In the middle of searching for net voucher codes online and making your kids’ PB&&J sandwiches, you visualize yourself lazily lounging in a chair, sipping a margarita while on a Caribbean cruise. If all your motherly duties are starting to overwhelm you and prompting you to look for vouchers to help parents online as you daydream of an expensive vacation, that’s perfectly understandable. You, of all people, deserve to take a break from the taxing demands of motherhood. But even on a tight budget, you can still reward yourself with that much-needed respite from your daily duties:
Catch up with an old friend. If you don’t have time to meet up with her, you can simply give her a call or chat with her online. Try to keep the conversation about yourselves and not about the kids. This helps you reconnect with your pre-mommy self.
Take a long, warm bath. Long is the operative word here. Maximize that time alone while the kids are away at school. Indulge yourself in a luxurious bath right in your bathroom. Without keeping track of time, just lose yourself in that relaxing moment.
Dress up. Put on that little black dress which hasn’t seen the light of day, and prettify yourself even if you have nowhere to go. Seeing yourself looking gorgeous helps boost your ego. Don’t forget to take pictures!
Pampering yourself doesn’t have to burn a hole in your wallet. Just make the most of whatever free time you have to do the things you enjoy doing. You will end up feeling refreshed and better able to take on the challenges of parenting.