Moms, Here’s How You Can Pamper Yourself

Moms do it all. They manage houses, they sooth wounded knees, they kiss any pain away, and they cuddle all nightmares away. If you ask any mom if they still have any time to themselves, you would probably hear most them say that they don’t have any left to pamper themselves.

With busy schedules that a lot of mom handle, especially for working moms, it would be very impossible to find a free weekend all to themselves. Most moms still have to manage their households in the weekend. If you are a mom, then you would experience the same busy weekends as other moms. But, you should also give time to yourself. A 10 or 20 minute off your busy schedule is all that it takes to give yourself some relax time. Here’s how:

  • Allow yourself to waste time. Multitasking is something that busy moms are very familiar with. One hand is busy carrying a baby, and the other is busy checking off each item on the grocery list. But, moms, you are also allowed to waste some time all to yourself. Try to insert this 10-minute or 20-minute of “wasted” time in your busy daily schedule and mark it as “ME TIME”. You can do whatever you want in this 20 minutes. You can read your favorite magazine, eat your favorite dessert, or have a very nice bubble bath. The most important thing is that you do whatever makes you happy and relaxed.
  • Call your person. The allotted weekly me time of 10 or 20 minutes would not be a lot of time to meet your most favorite person for a cup of tea or coffee. But, it will give you time to speak to him or her over the phone and just catch up. Talk about the things that you both like. Try to avoid talking about house chores, kid sports, or any activity that your kids are doing. Make this time about you and your friendship. Use this time to connect or reconnect.
  • Have a foot massage or get a new Mani-Pedi. There are a lot of places in the malls or private salons that offer a 10 or 20-minute foot massage. The same time can also be used to having new manicures and pedicures. To do this, find that one salon that is nearest you. If you have a favorite salon, then you should go have your me time there.
  • Get bubbly. You should make this a weekly routine to have a bubble bath. This is not only relaxing, but very rejuvenating. If you are having a busy week, adding a bubble bath to your weekly routine would make you feel awesome. If you can, add this to your daily routine. It would not hurt to have a bubble bath before you say goodnight and get your good night’s rest.

It is very important that moms also give time to themselves. Not only are you busy managing your own careers, but also busy managing your family’s daily routine. A 10 or 20-minute of me time will really help you relax, reenergize, and rejuvenate yourselves.

Making Working and Breastfeeding Work

Many mothers already have a hard time breastfeeding their babies. But what if you’re also working? We are now seeing a growing number of women forgoing the norm of being plain housewives and actually joining the workforce. And when these women have babies, they are faced with the dilemma of continuing work or giving it up and just staying at home to take care of their child. If you’re one of them, here are some tips to help you make working and breastfeeding work.

  • Many employers have made their offices child-friendly; some allow mothers to bring their baby to work, while others offer an on-site daycare for their employees’ children. Explore your options and make the best out of them.
  • Make your breast pump your best friend. Learn how to effectively use one so you can efficiently pump enough milk for your baby before you leave for work. Your baby can have enough supply until you can get home.
  • If you can, squeeze pumping during your work times. There are hands-free pumps available today so you can extract milk while working in front of your computer or filing paperwork. Your office mates won’t even notice.
  • Be flexible and prepared to constantly change up your schedule from time to time. Babies can be quite unpredictable; the routine that works for them today might completely change the next. Re-evaluate your lifestyle and, if you can, explore other work possibilities.
  • If you cannot bring your baby to work, you can spend quality time with your baby at night after work. Use this time to breastfeed and bond with them. Also make the most of those days when you don’t have work.
  • Mothers who cannot pump enough milk can opt to mix feed their babies. This means feeding them formula as a backup for when they cannot extract enough milk. Ask your doctor for the best way to go about mixed feeding.
  • Finally, make sure that you also take care of yourself. All the initial stress of adjusting might leave you too tired to set aside time for your well-being. Eat properly, get some exercise and allow yourself to enjoy small luxuries and pampering once in a while.

Breastfeeding and working truly are hard to do simultaneously. Unfortunately, many mothers have to do it. But with the tips above, these tasks should be a lot easier and manageable. If you have any more questions about breastfeeding, talk to your doctor now. He should be able to give you more tips to ensure that you efficiently do your work while giving your baby optimal nutrition and care.