What Busy Mums Can Do for Looking and Feeling Great

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Needless to say, being a mum is a full-time job, and this often leaves little room for self-care. Between school runs, playdates, and the never-ending laundry, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But on top of that, it’s easy to just fully drop your self-care routines; yes, that goes for skincare, too! Your work is never done, and that means you just don’t get the chance to work on yourself, either. 

However, you have to keep in mind that taking care of yourself is essential not just for your well-being but for your family, too. When you feel good, you radiate positivity, and that’s something everyone benefits from.

Besides, happy and positive mums really keep the household going, and believe it or not, it really sets the tone for the house (such as dinners, outings, etc). So, with that said, here’s how you can carve out some time for yourself and keep looking and feeling fantastic. 

The Power of Routine Can Actually Help

One of the best ways to ensure you get some ‘me time’ is by incorporating it into your daily routine. Yes, surprisingly, it can be as simple as that, but yes, at the same time it can be fairly hard too. Mornings can be hectic, but waking up just 15 minutes earlier can make a world of difference. For a lot of mums, it’s usually early in the morning while everyone else is asleep is usually when it’s the best time.

So ideally, you’ll want to use this time to enjoy a quiet cup of tea, do some light stretching, or read a few pages of a book. This little window of calm can set a positive tone for the rest of the day. For the most part, it’s usually the early morning that sets the tone for the rest of the day too.

Alright, so the morning was covered, but what about the evening? Well similarly, establish a bedtime routine for yourself, not just for the kids. Just think about it: skincare, a warm bath, and some reading can help you unwind and signal your body that it’s time to rest. Overall, consistency is key, and soon, these small rituals will become cherished parts of your day.

Consider Your Hairstyle

The thing is, you’re a really busy mum. You have parenting; you have your career, social duties, relationships, unpaid labor at home, and the list is just going to keep piling up. Honestly, a fresh hairstyle can do wonders for your self-esteem. 

But you need to keep in mind that it’s best to go with something that’s a little more low maintenance. For example, you could go for some passion twist styles, as these are fairly easy to maintain (all you have to do is oil your scalp and twist every other day). it looks effortless, but it’s super stylish, too. 

It can take a lot of time to maintain certain hair styles such as curtain bangs or layers, so again, it’s best to stick with something that’s still gorgeous, tailored to you, but maybe something that just doesn’t require a lot of work either. For example, even a simple trim or hair colour change could totally help too! Just be sure to do some research to figure out what might be best. 

Skincare Made Simple

If you scroll online, you’re going to see 20-step skincare routines. Is this necessary? For the most part, no, it’s really not! Skincare doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. Honestly, even a simple routine can be incredibly effective. So, all of those intricate steps are most likely not even needed in the first place.

For example (this is super simplistic), just cleanse your face every morning and evening to remove dirt and impurities; make sure to follow this with a good moisturiser suited to your skin type. But also, don’t forget sunscreen during the day to protect against harmful UV rays, even on cloudy days.

But does this feel a little too simple? Well, simplicity saves time, and oftentimes, you can combine skincare products, making the steps easier and quicker. Plus, a weekly face mask can be a lovely treat. Again, it doesn’t need to be complex, and you’ll still look amazing—and yes, feel amazing, too. Just try to give yourself at least ten minutes a day for skin care, at least five in the morning and five at night. 

The Magic of Minimal Makeup

So, just like what was mentioned above, you should focus on a hairstyle that’s minimal; well, it’s the same for makeup. For the most part, makeup can be a quick way to enhance your natural beauty and boost your confidence. You don’t need a full face of makeup to look polished. A bit of concealer to hide dark circles, some mascara to open up your eyes, and a touch of lip balm or gloss can make you feel put together with minimal effort. 

Do you know that makeup-no-makeup look? Well, it’s pretty minimal and quick, and it looks super effortless too. If you have a few extra minutes, a swipe of blush can add a healthy glow to your complexion. What some people do (but it is expensive) would be to get lash extensions, eyebrow tattoos, and lip tattoos, so these could be options, too, for saving money- but that’s fairly permanent. 

Think About Your Clothing

It all comes together, and this is what helps make your makeup and hair look super balanced out. It’s easy to fall into the trap of living in your comfiest clothes when you’re always on the go. While there’s nothing wrong with a good pair of leggings, dressing up a bit can make you feel more vibrant and confident. Besides, depending on your job, what are you expected to wear? 

You don’t need to sacrifice comfort for style. Invest in a few key pieces that are both chic and comfortable. You might want to think classic jeans with a bit of stretch, soft knit jumpers, and versatile dresses that can be dressed up or down. If you want ultimate comfort (but style), then you can look into Uniqlo’s loose-fitting trousers, as they give off those business-casual vibes. 

Are You Connecting with Others?

Yes, even when you’re busy, there’s no excuse; you still need to do this! Isolation can be a real challenge for busy mums. That’s why it’s so important to make an effort to connect with other adults. This could be joining a mum’s group, attending community events, or simply catching up with friends over coffee. Mums stay busy, really busy, and having a support network can make a huge difference. Sharing experiences, tips, and even just having a laugh with someone who understands can be incredibly uplifting.

Those Little Indulgences Matter

You should never underestimate the power of a little indulgence. Treating yourself doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money or taking a lot of time. It could be as simple as buying a bouquet of your favourite flowers, indulging in a luxurious bubble bath, or enjoying a piece of dark chocolate. Just remember, you deserve to be pampered and taken care of just as much as anyone else in your family. Plus, those small acts of self-love can boost your spirits and remind you of your worth.

Keep Nourishing Your Body

Now, this one cannot be stressed enough in the slightest! What you eat has a direct impact on how you feel. Are you one of those busy mums who often grab whatever’s convenient? These usually aren’t always the healthiest option. So that’s why planning your meals can help you make better choices. 

Sure, it’s generic advice, but it’s so true: you need to include plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains in your diet. These foods will provide you with the energy you need to keep up with your busy schedule. But don’t forget to eat, even during dinner, as mums usually have a reputation for having to feed the kids and juggle everything else during mealtime. 

Are You Think About Your Mental Well-being?

When you’re stressed out, your body is going to show that! It’s hard to look great if you’re not feeling great. So, that’s why it’s important to understand that taking care of your mental health is just as important as your physical health. So, you’re going to have to find time to do things that make you happy and relaxed. This could be reading, gardening, knitting, or even just watching your favourite TV show. It’s important to have hobbies and interests outside of your responsibilities as a mum. 

Your hobbies can’t be scrolling on your phone or doing anything that’s toxic to your mentality. Instead, they should be something that truly sparks joy! But is that all? Well, you could also look into practising mindfulness, and meditation can also be incredibly beneficial. Even a few minutes of deep breathing exercises can help you centre yourself and find some peace amidst the chaos.

Overall, it’s hard being a mum; pretty much all mums are busy, and there’s just so much you’re expected to juggle on a day-to-day basis. But at the end of the day, you still need to take care of yourself; you still need to do what you can to make yourself help, too. That’s key!



 

 

 

 

 

 

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