Some days just get you down, and being cooped up with young children all day, with no other adult company, can take its toll. Don't let depression hit you though, make sure you get out and treat yourself every once in a while!
Look at giving yourself a special treat, why not a makeover?! Head out and treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure, a massage or just a nice hair do. Go out and buy some new clothes. It's so important that you get some time to pamper yourself, to get out of the house, and make yourself feel just that little bit extra special.
If you have a young baby then there is pretty much constant demand on your time as you have to feed and change so regularly. However, that doesn't mean that you have to stay home. Look for a shopping centre that has creche facilities and you might be able to leave your baby there for a couple of hours while you treat yourself. If you have little ones in nursery, or at school, then get out while they are being looked after. If your little ones aren't in regular childcare then approach a local nursery and just ask for some ad hoc sessions. Whilst some chains might find the administration to fulfill such a request just too mindboggling, there is bound to be a local nursery who will welcome your money on an occasional basis. If you're in full time work then you might have to fall back on your partner, or perhaps your parents or other family to help you out so that you can get a few hours off.
A makeover might sound expensive, and it really can be. If you don't have that sort of money to spend on yourself then do what you can. Find a nail bar that might do nails quickly and cheaply, leaving you feeling slightly glamorous. Maybe do your own nails but treat yourself to a pedicure. If you have a college that runs beauty courses (nails, hair, massage), then you may find that they have a heavily subsidised salon where you can treat yourself at a fraction of high street prices.
If you can't afford a new look in high street fashion shops, then try charity shops instead. So many clothes end up in charity shops because they are the wrong size or a bad fit for someone else, or they simply don't like them. Look out for a bargain - you'll enjoy the 'chase' and feel really pleased with yourself if you find something that you like!
Having a healthy family requires a healthy Mummy, and if you can't find a bit of time to perk yourself up from time to time, then you simply aren't doing it right!
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