Mother’s Day is now behind us, and memories of choking down cold eggs in bed with a smile on your face are beginning to fade, along with the cut flowers you may have received. We have good news for you, though. Even if Mother’s Day didn’t exactly leave you feeling pampered and spoiled they year, all is not lost. There are lots of little ways that you can pamper yourself, all year long. Today we’re highlighting five suggestions that can turn any day into Mother’s Day, or at least help you turn your mood around.
Five Ways to Pamper Yourself all Year Long
1. Head Outside
Did you know that there’s actually research that suggests that being in nature has health benefits like lowearing blood pressure and fighting depression? With sunny days ahead of us, that’s great news. Taking even 15 or 20 minutes to head outside when you’re having a bad day can help turn things around. Whether that’s taking a quick walk over your lunch hour, or loading your toddler into the double stroller and getting a dose of fresh air and sunshine, spending a little bit of time in nature is a free way to pamper yourself anytime.
2. Buy the Good Moisturizer
Little indulgences – like splurging on lotion that smells fabulous or springing for the good shampoo – can really make you feel pampered. And the best part is that you’ll feel that way again each and every time you use it. If you do your research and choose non-toxic products you’ll feel even better, because you’ll know that great smell doesn’t come at a cost to your health. Yes, it may cost a little more, but your well-being is worth a little splurge now and again.
3. Make a Date with a Friend
When you’re a busy mom, all too often your relationships with your friends can end up on the back burner. A girls’ night out ends up at the end of your list, behind everything else you have to do. If you make the time to get out and socialize, though, it can have a huge positive impact on your mood. In fact, just like being in nature, spending time socializing has proven health benefits. If you can’t get away from your kids, make a date at a kid-friendly Toronto spot so that you can catch up while your little ones play.
4. Book the Haircut You’ve Been Putting Off
How long has it been since your last haircut? When was the last time you had a manicure? What about a massage? It’s hard to find time for yourself, we understand. But finding an hour to escape and do something to take care of your health and well-being can have benefits that last far after the appointment is over. Not just for you, but for partner, kids and even your co-workers, who see you every day. Call on your friends and family for help making it happen. Hire a sitter or arrange a childcare swap with a friend. It may not be easy, but we know it will be worth it.
5. Throw the Rules out the Window
We all know that serving healthy, well-balanced family dinners is important. We’ve all heard that we should limit screen time, create structure for our kids and enforce limits. This is all true … most of the time. But rules are made to be broken, and sometimes that means letting the rules slide. Call out for pizza and eat dinner in front of a movie the whole family enjoys. Or do something else that you and your kids will enjoy, to shake up your routine. It’s like taking a vacation at home, and it has the added bonus of not having to endure the stress and hassle of packing and travelling.
What about you? How do you pamper yourself when you need a little pick-me-up?
This article was sponsored by Harmony Eco Spa. Harmony Eco Spa carries a selection of natural, professional products you can use at home, such as the Thalgo line. The Thalgo Beauty Pact is a strong ethical formulation commitment, offering the guarantee that each of their skincare products contains 0% parabens, 0% mineral oils, 0% propylene glycol and 0% GMOs. It’s safe and natural beauty that respects both your skin and the environment. Harmony also offers personalized treatments by specialists. They promise you a new spa experience that will benefit both your body and mind, and leave feeling healthier, more at peace and with a fresh perspective on life. Pamper yourself!