Looking after Number One

27 Feb

Today has been mostly about me.

Straight after dropping the small ones at school I legged it into town for my six-weekly appointment at the hairdressers. There followed two whole hours of me time – I am far too vain to be my natural grey – so my hair was covered in all sorts of gloop, then I was offered a coffee and  a vast array of magazines to peruse while I waited for the dye to take effect. In fact, I was very organised and had taken my Kindle with me as I am in the middle of a mystery and wanted to read more.

I left the salon feeling glossy and pampered and in an excellent mood. But not quite “done.”

I managed to find the mum at the nursery gates that I was hoping to see and had a quick word with her. This afternoon I have just popped round to hers and had my very first eyebrow wax. It was very easy (I lay back and she did the work), painless (seriously I’ve had worse niggles brushing my teeth) and very good value for money (£6)

The physical difference it has made is to open up my eyes a bit and tidy up the stragglers. The mental and emotional difference that both treatments have had on me is immense. I am not particularly trendy – think jeans and any old top as standard – I rarely wear make up either, and I am definitely several pies over the acceptable mummy tummy, but I now feel cared for and good about myself. Partly I must admit that is the time I had this morning to indulge myself in some reading and the enjoyable experience of drinking a coffee while it’s still hot, but looking halfway decent is never a bad thing.

I realise I am lucky enough to be able to juggle the pennies in order to afford regular hair treatments. But mums, and dads, we should make sure that we all take some “me time”, whether it’s a walk in the park, a bubble bath with the door locked or just a simple cup of tea with a friend, to recharge and do something for ourselves. It is so true that the house will fall down if the foundations are rotten; if you are the foundation in your house then you owe it to yourself to check out the condition of your foundations. And apply some TLC if needed.

Be kind to yourselves!

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