Whether you're the mom of a toddler or a pack of ravenous teenagers, there are probably days when you feel like you're stuck in a never-ending rut of meal prep, chauffeuring, laundry and more. While you love being a mom and adore your kiddos, you also want to do things for you at least some of the time.
Fortunately, there are a variety of creative and fun ways for hard-working moms like you to feel more young at heart â€” and simultaneously recharge those maternal batteries. For example, check out these following ideas:
1. Go on an Adventure
No matter the time of year, the state in which you reside is likely chalk full of sights and sounds to enjoy. Indeed, if the idea of a road trip makes your heart beat with anticipation, set aside a day and hit the road â€” either solo or with one of your BFFs. You can hop in your car, crank up the music and see where the road leads you. Or, perhaps you want to plan a day trip to a specific location, like a new hiking trail, an area known for its bald eagle sightings or a relaxing beach.
No matter what you decide, ensure your car is up for the drive. With that in mind, take your vehicle in for any needed maintenance, and check to see if your tires are properly inflated and aligned for your road trip. As TireBuyer.com explains, the side of every tire features a longtail code, indicating the type of vehicle it was designed for, as well as its size, speed rating and more. Thus, before heading out, double check that your vehicle has the correct tires for its size and weight.
2. Learn and Develop a New Skill
As a mom, another great way to stay young at heart is to challenge yourself to learn a new skill. This can range from something you can use around the house - for example, sign up for a gourmet cooking class and then wow your family with an amazing dinner or it can be something you have always wanted to learn but might not use every day, like sign language.
But don't make this a one-shot deal. For instance, once you know you can whip up beef bourguignon and a homemade Caesar salad for your family with ease, vow to learn another new skill, like photography, knitting, geocaching or ballroom dancing.
3. Adopt a New Furry Friend
If you're a pet lover and have room in your home and budget for a new, four-legged friend adopting a dog is a surefire way to make you feel young at heart. Whether it's walking around the neighborhood or visiting a local dog park, dogs truly inspire us to get outside and be active.
Still, if the thought of a puppy makes you feel uneasy, check in with local dog rescue groups to see if there are any older, more docile dogs who have plenty of love to share only without the incessant chewing. If you aren't quite ready to adopt a pooch, consider volunteering at an animal shelter so you can walk and play with some dogs for an hour or two on the weekends; this way, you'll come away feeling more uplifted and full of energy.
Go Have Some Fun - You Deserve It
You work hard as a mom, so you've definitely earned some much-needed and deserved time for yourself to pursue things you enjoy. Whether it's going on a road trip to explore some cool sights and sounds, mastering a new skill and/or expanding your family to include a fur baby, there are a number of fun and effective ways to feel more young at heart.