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Sometimes I wish I lived in a giant mansion with a panic room to block out the noise of the kids fighting. Unfortunately, I don’t have that luxury. Instead we have a big open floor plan where sound travels so when they fight it sounds like someone is being murdered. This is why self care is so important. I could link where to get your nails or hair done but that isn’t the kind of self care I am talking about. I will break down some simple, inexpensive ways to get some of that much needed pampering.

Baths

Baths were a lifesaver after a long day when I was a single mom. It seriously got to the point where I couldn’t take a bath without bubbles, candles, bath bombs, a glass of wine or cup of tea and mood music. I mean, is it even really a bath without all those things? As soon as my kiddo went to sleep the bubbles were out. It is the perfect thing to help you reset after your day.

Nature

I know I bring this up a lot but I simply can not express it enough. Spending time in nature correlates with serotonin and dopamine synthesis. Simply put: nature makes you happy. As little as five minutes spent outdoors improves mood and increases motivation. Eau Claire has a TON of walking paths all around if you look. The Boyd Park nature trail is one of my personal favorites. It’s super close to work so I can bike down and go on a quick hike before starting my day.

Connect With a Friend

I think sometimes when we are parents we forget to reach out to friends. Friends can be the thing that carries you through. I challenge you to take one day a week to set aside at least an hour to connect with a friend. It can be a workout buddy or even just grabbing a coffee together to reconnect. Sometimes parenting can be lonely and we feel isolated. Keeping some close friends is super important.

Find a Hobby

If you don’t have a hobby already, get one. Hobbies can really help you keep an identity outside of parenthood. I sometimes feel like I have no identity outside of being a mother and partner. This is why doing something you enjoy is so important. It can be art, gardening, running or literally anything that makes you feel like you.

Talk soon,
Bri

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