Step aside, Hollywood: no other job is as heavily directed as motherhood. From the moment you became a new mom (and before!) everyone and their cousin has ruled in with unasked opinions about how to do you – breast-feeding versus bottle-feeding, the decision to be a stay-at-home mom or working mom, what you’re eating/wearing/buying... et cetera, ad nauseum.
Pair the constant mommy policing with your responsibility to care for the emotional and physical needs of your children, partner, extended family members, and more, and it’s no wonder that Mom Guilt is the topic of too many research studies, memes, articles, and blog posts to count – not, with your to-do list, like you’d even have time to count them.
4. Take a hot bath
Who doesn’t love relaxing in a hot bubble bath? Treat yourself to some alone time and lap up pure luxury with a Bath Blessing Box, a subscription delivering bath goodies like bath bombs, body butters, shower sachets, artisan bar soaps and more each month (and hide that stuff away where the kids can’t get it – this one’s for Mommy)!
5. Curl up with a book
Treat your mind and treat your soul. Work with your partner to free up one morning each week that’s set aside just for you to quietly read while savoring a cup of coffee. Check out a hot new release, or find solace in the classics: the subscription Coffee and a Classic delivers a classic novel each month, plus “something to sip on” and two bookish goodies, so you don’t even have to fuss with the shopping. Just click to order, and wait for the peace and quiet to arrive.
6. Write it out in a letter
Let’s face it – sometimes those “connections” on social media just aren’t enough. Take a little self-care time and commit to connecting authentically with those you love: pick up the phone, schedule a wine date with your best friend, or even say hello to loved ones the old-fashioned way with a handwritten letter. (Because who doesn’t love getting mail?) Get inspired by the super-cute stationery and planners from the adorably curated Planning World, which sends you a seasonal selection of greeting cards, washi tape, post-its, stickers and more for your letter-writing needs.
7. Do a sun salutation
You already know yoga is great for your physical health, emotional balance, and mindfulness – but time can be a constraint. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to bring the yoga studio to you, from 10-minute yoga videos to the online yoga community, supplies, and mini-lessons from Do A Shot of Yoga. If you’re new to the mat, start slowly and be patient with yourself – and most importantly, remember that you’re doing this for you.