If you’re a busy mum, time is your most valuable resource. There’s just one problem: you don’t have enough of it. After you’ve packed the lunch boxes, spent a day in the office, and collected the kids from school, you don’t have any time left for yourself.

The good news is that there are plenty of budget-friendly things that you can do to treat yourself. Check them out below, and banish that stress for good!

Do Something Silly

As a mum, it can be tempting to be serious the whole time. Your parents were super strict around you, so you feel like you have to be strict around your own children. 

The problem with taking this approach isn’t so much that your kids will develop dull personalities (they’ll always find ways to have fun). Instead, the problem is that you will start to take on the persona you create for yourself and, eventually, believe in it. 

The trick here is to get silly at least once per week with the family. Host a games night, sing along to your favourite music, or go and see a comedy show. Make sure that you do something a little crazy, even if it’s just dancing in your living room. 

Practice Your Skills

If you’re more of a “doing” person, you might want to try honing your skills. Go back to doing a sport you love, like yoga or badminton, or improve your cooking. You could also go to night classes for painting, archery or even band practice if that’s something you used to do at school. 

Don’t be afraid to embrace things that you used to love. Going back can give you a new lease on life and help you make new friends at the same time. 

Pamper Yourself

Pampering yourself doesn’t have to be expensive. There’s no need to go to a swanky spa in a stately home. Just enjoy yourself with the little things at home. 

For instance, if the kids are asleep, grab a quick nap. After 15 minutes, you’ll feel so refreshed and you’ll be able to proceed with the day more confidently. 

If you have a few minutes to yourself, why not grab a quick bath. Getting your hair wet and relaxing your muscles with warm suds all around you leaves you feeling refreshed in a matter of minutes. 

You could also grab some new nail polish from the shops and paint your toes, or buy a beautiful bouquet and place flowers in vases around the house. Just do something that makes you feel better. 

Take Some Time Out To Be With Your Friends

Wall-to-wall family time can quickly grind you down. Screaming kids and a lack of adult company are enough to drive anyone potty. 

The trick here is to create some balance in your life. Spending all your time with your children or all your time with your adult friends isn’t ideal. However, doing a little of both can improve your spirits and help you be a better mother. 

Think about the last time you got home from a trip with friends. How did you feel? Probably elated. So good, in fact, that mothering was a breeze. 

There are plenty of trips you could take with your friends, including: 

  • Visiting a gallery
  • Volunteering together on a project
  • Going on a walking date in the forest
  • Checking out art galleries or museums
  • Grabbing a delicious lunch at a restaurant

Exercise More

While busy mums might constantly be on the move, they rarely get a chance to do real, feel-good exercise. However, if you plan your day carefully, you can often find the time

The best time of day is before your kids wake up. Usually, you have half an hour in the morning you can dedicate to physical activity that will set you up for the rest of the day.

Here are some ideas: 

  • Take a quick yoga class
  • Walk 5k
  • Go for a cycle around your local area or through the park
  • Walk around the block
  • Take an online Zumba class

You don’t have to do anything fancy, and gym memberships certainly aren’t required. All you need to do is get the blood in your body pumping and you’ll soon feel fresh. 

Unwind

Unwinding at the end of the day is essential. You need some go-to activities that will prepare you for sleep after rushing around since the morning. 

Here are some ideas: 

  • Read a book quietly in your garden room
  • Grab a snack and watch TV
  • Create a nook in your home that feels super comfortable

Here are some more posts that might also help you to unwind – go on take a ramble through this blog and see what you find