Every mom awaits school time impatiently so her kids can go back to school and give her some alone time at home. Whether you’re a stay-at-home or working-from-home mom, school time will surely give you a break from the kids and their never-ending requests. How can you enjoy quiet time at home while the kids are at school? We’ll be answering this question today and show you some amazing ways to make these few hours count.
Wake up Early
It’s a no-brainer that every mother wakes up early on school days to dress her kids, prepare breakfast, kiss them goodbye, and maybe drive them to school. Some moms, however, finish these morning tasks then go back to sleep and wake up at noon. Try to fight the urge to go back to sleep. Instead, focus on enjoying the early hours of the morning. Open all the drapes so your body can adjust to waking up. If your kids leave home at 7:30, you’ll have until 4-5 o’clock until they’re back. Don’t waste time sleeping. Start the day as an early bird and enjoy a longer quiet time.
Time-Saving Meal Strategy
One of the things that take a lot of time from moms is meal preparation and cooking. Be practical and choose time-saving meals that will take less time and effort from you. You can also make double batches so you don’t have to cook every day. Choose one-pot or slow-cooker recipes, prepare large portions, and build up a freezer stash to help you relax a bit, especially on hectic days.
Invite Nature into Your Home
There is something inexplicably beautiful about greenery and nature in general. You don’t necessarily have to go to the beach or live by the mountains to enjoy serene nature. In your backyard or balcony, plant different pots of herbs and flowers and watch them grow every day. Not only will these plants make you feel calm and happy, but they will also make your home smell amazing and save you the trouble of buying herbs from your local grocery store.
Don’t wait until a special occasion comes up to dress up and pamper yourself. From the moment you wake up, treat yourself to a hot bath and a hearty skincare routine. Put on mascara and wear a lip color that makes you look gorgeous. Take off your pajamas and put on something flattering and comfy. Staying at or working from home doesn’t mean overlooking your appearance. On the contrary, pampering yourself will automatically give you a boost to be more productive and feel more self-confident.
Please Don’t Stop the Music!
The kids aren’t home, which is a great chance for you to listen to and enjoy your favorite songs without any interruptions. You may turn up the volume a bit, bob your head, and enjoy the beat. Sing your lungs out if you want or shake it off and dance. Turn your home into a disco even just for half an hour; you’ll really feel alive!
It’s Time to Exercise
If dancing is not your cup of tea, try working out for a change. Look up beginners’ workout videos on the internet and get moving just for a few minutes. Exercise helps the body release chemicals that promote your sense of well-being and crush hormones that cause anxiety, stress, and depression.
Invite Your Friends Over for Brunch
At some point in your life, most of your friends will be moms too. If you have friends whose kids are in school as well, invite them to a brunch party at your home. If you don’t want to stay at home, go have breakfast with the girls in your preferred restaurant. Moreover, if your mommy friends are working from home too, you can all work in one place and enjoy each other’s company and have little chitchats during your breaks.
Don’t Stay at Home
Whether you’re working or not, try to go out more often. Staying at home for a long time can make you feel bored and disconnected from the outside world. Take your laptop and go to a nearby café to drink your favorite sip, enjoy the surroundings, and feel refreshed and energized. If you don’t work, go on a shopping spree, go to the cinema, or simply have a walk at your local park to appreciate the beauty of nature.
Netflix and Chill!
No matter how much workload you have, a single episode of your long-waited-for series won’t hurt anyone. It is just preferable to choose a series that has short episodes because you don’t want to waste your time on a one-hour-and-a-half episode! While you’re having breakfast, turn Netflix on, watch just one episode, and start your productive day afterwards.
Being a mom is a full-time job in itself, so it is important to appreciate, enjoy, and live every quiet moment life gives you. You need and deserve to relax. So, it’ll be an awesome chance for you to enjoy some alone quiet time while the kids are at school.
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