Scary Mommy 8 Ways to Treat Yourself During the School Year

8 Ways To ‘Treat Yourself’ Now That School Is In Full Swing

You got through the start of the school year, mama! The kids are in a rhythm, routines are happening, and you deserve an award. No. You deserve something better than an award. What you’ve really earned is a NAP. And maybe an extra fancy coffee. And lunch made by someone else. And then another nap. 

With everyone in their groove, make #selfcare is priority number one. You’ve been at this long enough to know that if you don’t take care of you, this whole operation falls apart. But self-care isn’t all spa days and chef-prepared meals. Here are 8 easy ways to treat yourself now that the kids are back in school:

1. Binge-watching your shows

If you want to spend a few quiet hours watching the news, more power to you, sis. But may I recommend something a little…less stressful? You need a complete departure from the stress of daily life. The less challenging the better. Create a Facebook poll and ask everyone to recommend something totally escapist. And if you’re worried about being judged, try that “asking for a friend” thing!

2. New organic cotton sheets 

The ultimate “treat yoself” is new bedding. It’s surrounding yourself in 100% organic cotton. So do this: head to Bed, Bath and Beyond. Get yourself a set of Under the Canopy Italian Hem Stitch Bedding. Get them on your bed and immediately level up. When was the last time you used words like “elegant” and “refined” to describe the feel of your bedroom? Before kids? Come on. It’s time. You deserve some truly luxurious bedding. 

3. Multiple naps

Sure, a nap is great. You know what’s even better? MORE NAPS. Why limit yourself to one? After your trip to get new sheets, you’ve got to try them out, right? It’s just science. 

4. Pretending to be sick

Uh, have you SEEN the attention you give your husband and kids when they’re sick? No. You haven’t because you’re the one doing it but trust me here: this is a very sweet deal. Get a little of that action for yourself! Fake a cough, maybe play up the dark circles under your eyes and you’re good for at least one full day lolling around in bed. And besides, if you don’t slow down you could end up actually sick, which is waaay less fun. 

5. A really good book  

As much fun as it is to go hard on past seasons of British reality shows (Geordie Shore, y’all), there’s something to be said for the old-fashioned pleasure of getting into a really good book. An actual book book. The feel of paper in your hands. The joy of NOT looking at a screen. Reading a book is a simple but wonderful form of gratification that we shouldn’t forget about in the hustle and bustle of juggling our days.

6. Peace of mind about the things you buy 

Have you ever been excited about buying something and then had it ruined by learning about its devastating environmental effects? (Looking at you, COFFEE PODS.) One of the many great things about Under The Canopy sheets is that you can feel really good about the way they’re made. Not only are they made from 100% organic cotton, but they’re also GOTS certified, made with green-certified dyes, and without GMOs so they’re better for the earth, your home, and you. They’re also made in solar-powered factories where workers are given access to education, skill development, and healthcare. So you can literally rest easy. 

7. True crime podcasts 

Everyone knows the proper venue for listening to true crime podcasts is under the covers, right? Listening during your commute is an acceptable second. But the real power move is pulling the covers up to your chin and appreciating the softness and safety of your bed. 

8. A fluffy organic cotton comforter  

When you ask people to list the things that make them feel great, they’re always surprisingly simple. Things like the sun on your face or the smell of freshly baked bread. Top of our list? Slipping under an organic cotton comforter from Under The Canopy. There’s nothing quite like it. It’s soft, fluffy and feels like a warm – but not too warm! – cozy cloud. You may never want to leave your bed. 

So treat yourself and don’t feel guilty! And if you do, think of it this way: by living your best life, you’re setting an excellent example for your kids. 

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