I’m incredibly blessed to have a supportive husband, family, and friends. Thanks to them, I’ve been able to have some time to myself throughout the new parenthood journey. As someone who can be a little high-strung, it’s important for me to be able to be alone and breathe (and maybe eat a sandwich without a tiny human begging for a bite.)
It just so happened that a friend and I both had a stressful week last week. We weren’t ready to burn out, but for me at least, it was a possibility on the horizon. I offhandedly mentioned that we should have a girl’s day out, and my friend sprung on the suggestion. Our husbands are friends and had no problem watching the kids and playing video games together for a few hours, so we gathered our things and headed out for a manicure.
We were a little nervous heading out. It felt weird to be headed out to do something just because we wanted to, without a time we had to be back because someone had to work or a babysitter had to be paid.
I’m always a little worried at nail salons. People with autoimmune diseases are cautioned against manicures because of the infection risk, so I knew I was taking a chance. I was happy to see that they used new, sterile equipment for each person and used liners in the pedicure baths. I wound up opting for the signature manicure with the paraffin wax treatment, because I was there to treat myself. I mean, #yolo.
We talked, we had our nails done, we planned our next mom’s day out. When we left, I felt refreshed. There’s something about getting done up that always improves my mood! But what’s a good manicure if you don’t show it off on Instagram? Obviously, we had to get coffee to go with it.
When we returned (finally), nothing had exploded. Both babies were asleep. Justin was playing video games on the couch.
Like I said, I’m a big believer in the idea that a new look can change your mood. My bright nails ushered in spring. I get happy just looking at them, and I’m already mentally picking out next month’s color. Y’all who get your nails done– I am a convert. This is magical, why did no one tell me before? You have been holding out on me.
Although I can’t afford a mom’s day out every week, I’m definitely going to start budgeting it in more often. As much as I preach about self Care, I guess I should start taking my own advice.
How do you take care of yourself?