Let’s face it, in #MomLife, we are faced with the dichotomy of being ever in need of some R&R, with very few opportunities to be able to indulge. And, I’m sure I’m not alone in that, when I finally get some time away, I’m constantly thinking of my kids, missing them, and anxiously awaiting my return. So, what’s a mom to do?!
Read on to learn about the awesome alternatives I’ve found to the classic massage/facial/yoga class/retail therapy that so many of us crave that can be just as good for our mind/body and soul.
Instead of a Massage, try Yoga Tune-up Balls
I’ll start with one of my personal favorites—a massage. I mean, who doesn’t love being pampered for an hour or longer? Working out those crazy knots that seem to have found a permanent home in your neck, upper traps, shoulder blades, etc. The room is so quiet and the music, aromatherapy and warm massage table are enough to lull you into a sweet dreamlike state….but honestly, who has time for all that?! And even if you’re able to once a month, all the zen is undone two days later and the knots seem to take up their permanent residence once again.
When there’s no time for all that, I turn to my Yoga Tune-up Balls. These little miracle workers knead knots out quickly and efficiently. My favorite is to place them between my back/shoulders/neck and the wall and roll, roll roll. If you’re in a pinch, a tennis ball will do. But Yoga Tune-up balls are designed to lightly grip your skin, making them much more effective. There’s a great book to go with them called The Roll Model by Jill Miller. It’s a great resource for working out specific areas!
Instead of a Facial Try a Mask & Meditation
I am such a HUGE proponent of taking great care of my skin. My face is literally the first thing that people see, and how I represent myself to the world. So, I aim to take great care of it. And, while I would LOVE to indulge in regular facials, that requires time I don’t always have to give and money that I just can’t always justify in a single income home.
I’m loving EVER Skincare. EVER is a botanically derived, clinical-grade line of products. As a nursing mother, I’m SO careful with what I put onto (and into) my body, and EVER only uses natural ingredients. But in amounts that actually do something good for my skin too. I’m using the Pure Results Regimen, which I HIGHLY recommend. Click here to take a fun little quiz on your ideal 2 minute ritual.
About once a week, I love a good 10 minute Mask & Meditation session. It’s as straight-forward as it sounds. Find a good quality mask that you love the smell of. (My favorite is EVER’s Purify Mask, which smells like a spa in a jar, and uses yummy ingredients like Mediterranean clay and White Peony Flower.) From there, just power up a meditation app like Headspace or Calm. Meditate while the mask sets!
Instead of the Sauna, try Essential Oils in Your Shower
This is a little trick I use often when I’m exhausted, with no time to nap! Peppermint essential oil is like a power nap in a bottle. Just take a few drops and place them around the bottom of the shower before you get in. Once it steams up, your shower will fill with the aroma of the oil. Peppermint is rejuvenating and energizing. There are so many other oils you can use as well for different effects. Lavender is relaxing, so that would be a great one to use as well! Different oils will pamper you in different ways.
Instead of Retail Therapy at the Mall, Try a Clothing Subscription Service
So, there was a day when shopping was actually retail therapy. These days, shopping is pretty low on my list when it comes to how I prefer to spend my alone time. #I’dratherbeblogging. And, when I do make it out to shop, there is this strong magnetic pull towards the children’s section. Why are my kids are SO much more fun to shop for than shopping for myself?! But I need clothes. I appreciate looking pulled together. And I appreciate not having to spend hours (or a small fortune) doing it! Enter: Stitch Fix. This service is SO convenient! Its built for busy moms, stay-at-home and working-alike, that prefer trying on clothes in the comfort of their own bedroom, while the kiddos are napping. And, let’s be honest…the lighting in our home is SO much more flattering than the fluorescent lighting of a store.
I was so happy to use this service before I got pregnant with Luke. And, now that I’m back to my pre-pregnancy size, I can’t wait to start the service again! *There is a maternity option, but since I had plenty of clothes from my first pregnancy, I opted out.
My next order is set to arrive right after Thanksgiving! I’ll be sure to share the outcome with you once it arrives.
I’m constantly thinking of new and innovative ways to splurge a little without spending a lot!