Well we are officially half way through the month of May (we know right?!) Where did that time go? Well, hopefully it has been spent nourishing your mind body and spirit, thinking about yourself for once and spending some time embracing our ‘May is for Me’ concept of self care and self appreciation.
Here are some more tips on how to keep yourself healthy and focused for the rest of the month, spending time on you, for you, a woman who deserves to be more than a mama.
1. SEE A MOVIE SOLO – Go and see a movie by yourself, it is so liberating to walk into a cinema, purchase some popcorn and sit and watch a movie. Sounds bizarre right? But doing something like this pushes you out of your comfort zone a little which will have a snowball effect onto doing more things by yourself for yourself. Cinemas are dark, don’t be embarrassed! No one is looking at you. Girl, you eat that popcorn and you enjoy that movie (don’t forget you can purchase cheap movie tickets with your RACV membership).
2. BUY A BOOK – Browse at a quiet book shop and buy an inspirational book/autobiography. How long has it been since you’ve been in a proper book shop? And we don’t just mean the book section at Big W. A proper book shop, with hidden corners and perfectly lined up books in perfect organised sections. They are always warm for starters, and the people working there are always so kind and knowledgeable.
3. HAVE A MANI/PEDI – Can’t make it to a nail salon? Give yourself a little mani/pedi. Soak your feet in a foot spa or a bucket of warm water, exfoliate your heels, smother them in moisturise, clip your toenails and cover them in a bright polish. Feet are so neglected considering the amount of work they do for us on the daily! Treat them to some love! Same with your hands, clip your nails, hand cream, then coat in a beautiful nude polish. Nude is great as it’s not so noticeable if it chips! There are lots of great 60 second quick dry nail polishes on the market too which are the best when you have young children!
4. SHOP LOCAL – Visit a local market and support a small business. As the weather gets cooler, big outdoor markets get fewer but there is still some great little markets happening every weekend in and around your community which are full of talented people and products. Take a reusable shopping bag and buy some fresh produce or treat yourself to a little pair of earrings or a candle. When you shop local and support local you’re making a small contribution to your community which is a very good deed to do!
5. BRING OUT YOUR INNER ARTIST – Get out your pencils! Colouring in or sketching something is super therapeutic, even if you sit and colour with the kids! There are so many adult colouring books available now and so many beautiful pencils and textas. You don’t have to spend a fortune, visit your local $2 shop or Kmart and stock up. Colour while you’re watching TV in the evening or sketch at the local park while your kids play. Find your inner artist and unleash her!
5. HAVE A BATH – How long has it been since you’ve had a super soaky long bubble bath? Wait until the kids have gone to bed for this one (other wise you might find yourself with some little dive bombers!) Turn the heater up, fill the bath, add your favourite bubbles or a few drops of essential oil, light some candles and just lay and indulge in the hot bubbles. Close your eyes. How good does hot water feel! Relax, meditate, wash your worries away. When you get out, slather yourself in moisturiser and hop straight into bed. So relaxing.
6. DATE NIGHT – Say yes to help. Accept offers of respite. If a friend or family member offers to take the kids for a couple of hours, ignore the mama guilt and say YES! And if no one offers, make some phone calls! Ask your neighbour or a good friend or family member if they would mind coming over. Lot’s of our friends always say “let me know if you ever need a date night, I can just come and sit at your house while the kids are asleep” and we always feel bad and find ourselves saying no! Why!? They offered! And it’s not every week! You can return the favour for them next month! Any date night, even if it’s just a quick one with only time for dinner is a good date night.
7. HELLO NIGELLA – Cook a new recipe, take your time selecting the ingredients then go home and enjoy mixing, baking, needing and stirring! Coles and Woolworths have great FREE magazines jam packed full of recipes. How often do you grab one off the shelf but then never make it? This one is a great for a Sunday afternoon. Choose your recipe the day before, buy the ingredients and then enjoy creating your masterpiece. Slow cookers are so perfect for this time of year. What could you slow cook this weekend?
8. MAKE A SPLASH – Go for a swim at your local swimming pool. It’s amazing how good gliding through the water can make your body feel. Don’t worry if you haven’t swam for years! Choose the slow lane. Breast stroke, freestyle, heck, even doggy paddle! The weightlessness of water is so therapeutic. Take deep breaths and dive right under the water. Let the water wash across your face. It feels good! Take your time in the shower post swim, wash your hair and pop in a conditioning treatment which you can rinse out when you get home.
9. COFFEE & CAKE – Meet a friend for coffee and dessert once the kids are in bed. It’s funny how we just assume the day has flown by so fast but really, the night is so young! Aside from whip around the house cleaning or watchin TV, how do you spend your evenings? You don’t have to even go out for dinner. Restaurants welcome people just for dessert too! This is a great one if you’re time poor. Once the kids are settled, sneak out and enjoy an hour chatting with a friend, have a coffee (or bubbles) share a piece of cake (or not!) and vent/debrief/celebrate your day/week.
10. HELP OTHERS HELP YOU – Do some research into how you can best support/contribute to your community. This is a big one which I will touch on more in another blog, and it’s a difficult one too because you might be thinking, well, May is for Me – not for other people. But trust me, throw yourself into your local community, surround yourself with like minded people and help those less fortunate than yourself, it will nourish your soul and uplift your spirit, now that’s something that I definitely consider a benefit for me.
May is for Me. Off to a slow start? The month is still young. Implement some changes to your daily routine. Get the ball rolling. Trust us, you will feel so much better for doing so and don’t forget to tag us and #mayisforme in your pics when you take some much needed time out so that we can share with others.
Lisa & Helen xo