If your oldest has just started school or your baby has gone to nursery and you’re feeling sad, here are five lovely ways to beat those ‘deserted mum’ blues!
The first few days of school can be difficult for mums. On the one hand, we’re thrilled to have more time for ourselves and our youngest. But on the other, we’re worried that our firstborn won’t cope, and feeling a little lost without them. If you’re feeling those ‘deserted mum’ blues, try one (or all!) of these pick-me-ups just for mums…
- Spend time with your favourite person. Pack up your youngest child and head off for a day with your favourite person. A day of chatting, laughing and sharing memories will give you a wonderful boost – and because they love you, they’ll let you have a nostalgic weep if you want one! (And if your favourite person’s too far to visit, give them a call.)
- Do lunch with friends. Another mood lifter you can share with your youngest and a friend or two. Don’t know about you, but we always feel just a little bit decadent doing lunch – which is just what you need! And if your budget’s a bit tight, then why not do lunch at someone’s home?
- Go somewhere beautiful. How about taking an uplifting walk somewhere beautiful, like the beach, the grounds of a stately home or the nearest woodland? There’s nothing like fresh air, gentle exercise and the beauty of nature to lift your mood. Take the stroller and, ideally, a friend or two – and a picnic?!
- Make a new friend. You need to be a bit brave for this one, but it’ll be worth it! Why not approach other mums in the playground and suggest a coffee or two? Chances are, it’ll end up being a regular event and you’ll end up making new friends.
- Do something you’ve always wanted to do. Now you have a little more time, why not do something for yourself? Whether it’s joining a choir, tap dancing, a jewellery making class…there are many opportunities out there and a new interest will relax you and remind you that you’re still your own person.
So what are you waiting for – book that date now Mums so you’ve something to look forward to after you drop Junior at school…