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I always used to dread Monday’s because it meant a whole week of waking up early and going to work. I’ve gotten better about shifting my attitude from ‘I hate Monday and the long work week’ to ‘I have a brand new week to do great things.’

We all know that working full time, taking care of children, keeping the house clean, and getting dinner on the table can be exhausting and monotonous after awhile. I have found that planning a few “me time” activities throughout the week make life much more pleasant and the week flies by, too. It’s a way to recharge your mom batteries, so that you can be and feel your best. As moms, we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves, and if we don’t take care of ourselves not only do we suffer, but our children suffer, too. So go ahead, book that spa day!

Here are some of the ways I like to recharge throughout the week:

1.) Go for a walk. Even if it’s just around the block, getting outside, listening to your favorite music, and breathing in fresh air will help you destress.

2.) Turn the TV off. When the kids are tucked away for the night, it’s tempting to zone out in front of the TV or computer screen. Turning off the technology will force you to do something else with your time, and you may find that you get a lot more done and feel much more accomplished when the technology is off.

3.) Read a good book and sip on some wine. A good book can be such a great way to escape, even if it’s just for a half hour before you go to bed.

4.) Work on a coloring page from an adult coloring book. I love this one. (this can also be done with wine in hand).

5.) Soak in the bathtub. Get some calming bath salts, play spa music, and light some candles. Just 20 minutes in a hot bath will make you feel like a new woman!

6.) Bake something. It might be just me, but baking is so therapeutic. Gathering the ingredients, measuring, mixing, and having a delicious dessert to enjoy after the kids go to bed makes me happy all over. If you are not as confident in the kitchen, try this chocolate mug cake recipe with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. It’s super easy and hardly any mess to clean up!

7.) Try a new exercise class. I recently started going to The Dailey Method classes and I love it. Not only am I getting some exercise in (which is so good for your mind, body, and soul), but I am getting some much needed time out of the house for an hour. Check out what your local park district has to offer!

8.) Talk to a friend. I mean pick up the phone and call a friend, no texting. Having a heart to heart conversation with a friend is such a good way to get things off your chest, vent, laugh, plot, solve the problems of the world…you always feel so much better after you talk to your friends.

9.) Go out to dinner. Ask your spouse or babysitter to stay with the kids for a couple hours so you can go out to dinner with a friend or your spouse. Having a glass of wine, a good meal, and uninterrupted adult conversation for an hour feels like a mini vacation and helps me recharge.

10.) Plan something. If you can’t get out of the house this week, then plan something nice for yourself for the future. Plan a staycation, a concert night, a movie night, or next summer’s vacation. I love to plan pretend vacations to Europe, even though I know it’ll be awhile before we’ll be able to go back. A girl can dream, though.

How do you recharge your “mom batteries”? I’d love to hear your ideas!

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