Treating yourself as a mom is always hard—there are the guilty feelings, the lack of money or even just plain old being extremely tired! I can always find excuses why I should watch an episode of Real Housewives of OC instead of taking a nice, long hot bath. Or buying new shorts for my girls instead of a new (stain free!) shirt for myself.
Taking care of yourself should be high up on your to-do list. You’ll feel better and your kids will notice as well. There’s a reason that during an airplane emergency, you have to put the oxygen mask on first: you can’t help anyone else if you can’t take care of yourself first! (Ok, bad example…but you get the idea!)
Here are some simple ways to treat yourself on a budget.
Keep a treat basket. In my pantry, way up high is a basket that says “Mama’s Stash: DON’T TOUCH”. Inside are my favorite treats that are only for me. These are perfect when I’m having a stressful moment or just plain craving chocolate. I love those Skinny Cow candy bars and Luna protein bars. It seems simple, but having something just for you is nice! After a tough workout, reward yourself with some flavored almonds. If you want to fill it with Reese’s PB cups, go for it!
Clean Out Your Closet. You can start with the old hanger trick: turn them all around and then when you wear something, put it back the right way. After a month or two, you can donate items you don’t think you’ll wear again. Be honest with yourself, too. I know I have many BC (before children) items that I’m hoping will fit again. Get rid of those and when you are that size again, buy something new! It’s really tough, but it will feel rewarding in the end. There are many sites which you can send in clothes for money, too! My favorite is Twice, which sells gently used designer clothes.
Get Moving. I am not a huge fan of working out, but I have found ways to make it fun. Bonus: it’s a HUGE stress reliever. Getting more active will be great for your health and you can be a positive role model for your kids. I have a FitBit and I set daily step goals. If running/walking aren’t your thing, research free Zumba nights in your area and go with a friend. Nothing is more fun than dancing crazy with your friend AND burning calories. I always watch Groupon for fun class ideas too. After turning 30 this winter, I’ve set goals to get out of my comfort zone while exercising. This has included a Boot Camp class, Body Attack and other crazy classes. It’s scary, but fun at the same time! Try to challenge yourself!