When you become a mum, your life changes in an instant. The experience is life-affirming, transcendent, and earth-shatteringly beautiful, but despite all of the wonderful moments that come with it, it’s no walk in the park.
One of the biggest sacrifices you’ll make is the time you once devoted to spoiling yourself. You might have been the most low-maintenance lady in existence, but in days gone by you had the luxury of pursuing your passions and putting yourself first when you needed to.
If this self-care is something of a distant memory now, know that you’re not alone, and also that you needn’t feel guilty for wanting a minute to yourself now and then. With this in mind, here are three fabulous ways to treat yourself the next time you’re feeling flush.
Meet a friend for a lavish lunch
Once baby makes three (or four or five), finances can quickly become stretched, but you’re still allowed to occasionally splash out on yourself. Although a lottery win might be unlikely, earmark something luxurious that you’d like to do once you’ve managed to save or scored a win with a scratch card. Lots of people play the latter online, and they’re now one of the fastest growers in the industry, with directory sites listing dozens of different options. Should you get lucky with one of their lucrative deposit bonuses, meeting a friend for a lavish lunch should be at the top of your to-do list. Pick somewhere suitably fancy, make sure it’s either child-friendly or that you have babysitters available, and let the foodie inside you come out to play. Even the most sleep deprived will feel relaxed and refreshed with some haute cuisine to chow down on and a good friend for company.
Enjoy a spa day
You’re already shying away from the mere thought of how much money it will cost, but spa stops are well worth the price tag. This is your treat to yourself, and there is little that will relax you to the same degree as a day of devoted pampering. Leave your little ones with your partner, see if you can get some of your girlfriends on-board, and find somewhere suitably luxurious to kick back and unwind. If you’re really loathe to break the bank, it doesn’t even need to cost that much – there are plenty of sites online that can help you to find the best bargains around, such as e-commerce giant Groupon. Take advantage of these to arrange a day that’s amazingly enjoyable and economical to boot.
Arrange an evening at the theatre
If we’re being entirely honest, there are few things that make us feel as civilized as an evening at the theatre. While that isn’t the only reason we go – we rather enjoy the onstage entertainments too – it does help to remind new mums of how highbrow and sophisticated they still are. It’s entirely up to you whether you want to go with friends, family, or your partner, but be sure to make a night of it by dressing up to the nines, enjoying a beautiful meal beforehand, and indulging in a glass or two of wine while you’re there. There are dozens of amazing new productions to see in 2019, so you really ought to take advantage.
Tell us, the next time you have a little extra money to spend, how will you choose to treat yourself?