Mommy's Time Off
A few suggestions to help you rejuvenate
Of course, the spa! Who can resist spending an hour away from work, spent at the neighborhood spa? A 45-minute back and shoulder massage usually does the trick for me. So what if you have to fork in at least $60 for it? You deserve it!
Dip into that tub. Just why did you even get a tub if you're not going to take advantage of it? A 10-minute soak in warm water before or after your usual shower will cost just that... 10 minutes and some warm water! But the relaxation benefit will last all day and night. Have one at least once a week. Come on, you have the time for it!
Go get those nails done. I used to think that doing my own nails saves me money. Well, it does... but how much am I really saving? Not much, especially if you know where to get them for $10. So unless you have a great reason to save $10 more a month than what you are already saving, go ahead and get those nails done at your friendly neighborhood salon. It does not have to be a fancy place. You will look and feel more beautiful, and in my case, it magically gives me a bit more patience to tackle the job ahead!
Spend time with your girlfriends. Married women, especially those with kids, often lose touch of how rewarding it is to have girlfriends. A shopping trip or even an afternoon coffee break with a girlfriend is essential to keep most of us sane. It gives us some needed break from the monotony of work and being a wife and mommy. And, while it's always beneficial to chat with your girlfriends about family and your kids' activities, resist the temptation to make this the topic of the hour. Spend quality time with your girlfriends just being girlfriends - talking about your hobbies, your goals, or anything else other than your family duties.
Gardening can both relax you and give you a sense of accomplishment. If you have a yard or even just some gardening pots, go ahead and put your green thumb to work. I recently started gardening and it's wonderful! I have some flowering plants, some vegetables and herbs. I am a novice, so I can't offer much advice, but a quick trip to your friendly neighborhood nursery can both inspire and educate you. I actually consider it a treat to spend half an hour or so at a nursery... doesn't the sight of nicely groomed plants and flowers give you a better perspective than your office cubicle or kitchen sink?
Tea Time. Instead of your usual afternoon cafe latte, go have some green tea. It has been suggested that green tea has some health benefits. Here are some articles about its health benefits and some links to buying those relaxing English and Asian teas!
Play a round of golf. Who said playing golf is just for guys? Women work, play, network, and relax at a golf course, too. A round of golf in a decent course usually costs anywhere between $50 to $150, and may run up to over $200 in top, fancy ones. It also means 2 to 4 hours of your day, depending on whether you are playing a 9- or 18-holecourse. The benefits? A good, non-strenuous exercise, a great tan, networking potential, and a chance to improve your game. For those with less time and/or money to spare and just want some golf action, try a driving range, putting, or practice facility.
Brentwood is home to three of the bay area's beautiful and reasonably-priced golf courses you wouldn't want to miss out on. Check them out on my Brentwood golf course page.
Dim the lights, play the soft music, and light those candles. How can 15 minutes of heaven not rejuvenate you? Once the kids are in bed, or as soon as you come home from a work day full of stress, treat yourself to 15 minutes of lavender-scent filled nirvana.
Take an afternoon power nap. This is easy for me to say, as I have an excuse of drowsing for a few minutes while I pretend to sleep to encourage my kid to take his afternoon nap. I read a few books with him in the afternoon, and then we both take a nap. Him for 2 hours if I am lucky, and me, for 20-30 minutes.
Office workers, don't fret. I once had a co-worker who took power naps in his car. Although some folks in the office joke about it, I can tell you that 20 minutes later at about 1 p.m. he is as wired and as talkative as ever! It's as if the power nap is a shot of espresso to him!
Now, there is no guarantee that this has the same effect on everyone, or that your boss will still consider you for the next promotion if he ever sees you napping. But if you think it's for you, then there's no harm in trying to snooze for a few minutes after lunch. Find a comfortable spot that is private enough for you to doze off for 10 or 15 minutes. A short power nap, followed by a 5-minute toothbrush and hairbrush trip to the bathroom can both relax and wake you up.
Fifteen minutes of online inspiration is sometimes all I need to relax, rejuvenate and realize that life is what I make of it…so might as well make it a good one! Aside from working on (and viewing) our website, I have a few sites that I frequent when I am wanting an inspiration.
But of course, on most days, I would rather spend my 15 minutes online shopping.