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One of the major changes that has occurred for me in the new year is that I am focusing on ME more each day. I was feeling like I was living in yoga pants (not always a bad thing, mind you) and messy hair. I was beginning to feel that my home was this place that I could just hibernate at times. Being a SAHM (stay at home mom) or WAHM (work at home mom) doesn’t mean that you have to be frumpy. In fact, I think that the simple act of getting up and getting myself ready as if I were going to go out into the world each day makes me feel better. It is so easy to get used to waking up and rolling out of bed without taking time for yourself. Here are some simple things I am doing each day to make myself feel more awake and alive!
1. I wake each day and change clothes. It would be such an easy thing to stay in pajamas all day but I think it is necessary to get out of those clothes and into something more presentable. The only person I may run into is the mailman but I still want to be looking like I am awake, not rolling out of bed. A pair or yoga pants is a fine thing sometimes but I also try to put on some comfy jeans too. They just look better and make me feel more put-together.
2. I put on makeup. My makeup is not always a big deal… a little powder and mascara can make a drastic difference in my appearance. I have to admit that this is the one I struggle with the most but I am trying to make a little bit of primping a daily necessity. I feel better when I do it.
3. I put on some perfume or body spray. For years I have avoided wearing any perfume because of carrying babies. Well, those days are over and it is time to smell good again, instead of like baby food. Don’t be put off by this one. You can find some great discount perfume and not break the bank! Having a few different scents to use, depending on my mood that day, is a fun way to switch things up. I have even allowed my girls to have some kid perfumes because they find it fun to use too.
4. I stay moisturized. Something about dry skin really makes me feel just awful. Using a nice lotion a few times a day makes my skin soft and smooth and that makes me feel good. I keep it on my desk to use as often as I feel I need it. Shuffling papers and typing really do dry out your hands.
5. I fix my hair. This is a huge issue for me because I am in the grow-out phase and there are times I seriously consider putting on a hat instead of fixing my hair. I find that having my hair looking great (or at least fixed) makes me feel a hundred times better about myself.
6. I use essential oils. I find that using a few special essential oils boosts my moods and makes me feel amazing. I keep them right on my desk, in plain sight so that I remember to use them. If I start feeling down, I will grab one or two that always help and apply them. It takes seconds and works wonders.
7. If I can, I make a trip out. It may be to the gas station or grocery store, but I try to get out once every few days for more than school pickup. Just being around other adults really does make a huge difference in my moods.
What are some tips you have to get yourself feeling good if you stay at home all day?