This Mother’s Day, don’t forget to take some time out for YOU. I’ve put together a list of some favorite Mother’s Day (and beyond) activities to do for a little “me” time.

1. Manicure/pedicure: Make an appointment, bring some magazines or your best friend and take a few hours to unwind. Less expensive as a day at the spa and still a little pampering for yourself.

2. Blowout: Most salons will do an inexpensive shampoo and blowout for you. After you drop the kids off at school, before work, or for a night out, a blowout is a real treat yourself activity that makes you feel (and look) good!

3. Library time: Though the library is usually a great rainy day retreat for the kids, use it as your own retreat (without the kids in tow). Bring or check out a good book, a newspaper or some magazines and use the quiet time to indulge in a good read.

4. Stay in: Have your partner, relative, neighbor, or babysitter take the kids for a few hours and reclaim your house for you. Pop in a movie, cook or order in a meal you’ve been craving and spend some time alone. I won’t tell if you use that time to take a long, luxurious bath or a nap 😉

5. Take a hike: Get outdoors and breath some fresh air. Plan a hike alone or with your partner or a friend. Conquer that mountain, explore that trail, and clear your mind whilst doing something good for your body.

6. Day of creativity: Explore your inner passion by signing up for a class or workshop in something creative. Sewing, knitting, cooking, dancing, writing, painting, sculpting, there are so many free or low cost classes at local arts centers and stores that are open to people of all ages. Tap into your creative side and find your outlet.

7. At home spa: Turn your bathroom into a spa. Fill a bowl with warm water and some lavender oil and Epson salts for a foot soak. Use your favorite face mask while taking a steam shower or soaking on a bath. Surround yourself with candles. Throw towels and your bathrobe in the dryer so that they are warm and inviting for when you get out of the tub. Do all the things you never have a moment to do: dry your hair how you like it, manicure and polish your nails, tweeze your eyebrows, shave your legs, whatever makes you feel sexy and beautiful!

8. Movie time: Play hooky in the middle of a weekend day (or night) and go see a movie alone or with a friend. If you can’t get out of the house, stay in and rent a movie or revisit and old classic. Pop some popcorn, have a glass of wine and relish a few hours getting lost in a fun chick flick.

9. Hit the gym: Whatever time you can get there (morning, noon or night), a great workout or a workout class makes both body and mind feel good. If you can, spring for a personal training session, to ensure you’re using the equipment correctly, or a yoga class to teach you proper stretching and relaxation techniques.

10. Gardening: Spending time in nature is one of my favorite things, especially when it comes to gardening. Whether you have a garden already that you have always wanted to spend more time in or you’d like to start one, make that a “me” goal you follow through on this year — and Mother’s Day is the perfect time to get planting and cultivating.

Copywritten by Jo Frost

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