Sweaty Mommy Survival Guide Tip #11: Five Cheap Tricks to Treat Yourself
So you’re done with the bags of Halloween candy, or at the least, you’re ready to be done with them. What are the other ways that you can treat yourself without food as the reward?
1. Perform an at-home facial or spa treatment.
Use these Belli Beauty skincare product kits - including a “Best Baby Bump Duo” for pregnant mamas and a “Multitasking Must-haves” kit for mamas (or anyone). The kit includes face wash, facial scrub, lip balm, belly oil, and a facial hydrator. The company has done their research to make sure that every product is safe for pregnant and nursing mothers, and list all the omitted ingredients and testing policies on their website. You can feel just as good about using their products as your skin feels.
2. Learn something new.
Challenge your brain to learn something new, just for fun. The plethora of books and videos available online make it easy to learn anything. Pick a sentence to learn in a new language. Watch a tutorial for hair or makeup styling. Pick up a new chopping technique in the kitchen, a kickboxing move, or how to tell the day of the week when someone was born. (If that’s what you choose to learn, that’s called the Doomsday Algorithm. It’s a real thing.) Having a new party trick up your sleeve can make you feel more confident and capable. Remind yourself that you’re worth the time.
3. Make a list.
Write down 10 opportunities from your life that you are grateful for. Remembering the positive events in your life, and including other people who might have been involved, will help you feel better about where you are now. Being grateful and appreciative will help you feel and exude more happiness.
4. Take a drive (or a walk) with no destination in mind.
Weave through different neighborhoods and look at the house decorations, landscaping, people, and designs. Take a cue from dogs: they follow their interests when walking. Have you ever seen a dog walking that isn’t happy? Maybe you want to drive into a new neighborhood, or stop at that bright purple house that always has fun decorations in the yard. Wherever your interest takes you, follow it. Use your kids as an excuse for stopping and staring, if you want. You don’t need to have a place to go in order to leave: enjoy the view as you go anywhere and teach yourself to notice the beauty in the everyday streets and neighborhoods. You’ll find that you can appreciate the beauty even on a drive to work or an early walk with a dog once you start looking around.
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