The kids are back in school and, now, it’s time for you, mom. With a few more quiet hours during the day, you deserve to take a moment or two to treat yourself this fall. Here are four of our favorite self-care tips for all the mammas out there. (Is there a word like “mamma” that Vanessa prefers to use to address her mom peers? I know that’s one I’ve seen a lot of bloggers use!) 

  • Take Yourself Out to Brunch
  • Next time you’re in charge of morning drop off, don’t head straight home to take care of chores and errands. Instead, pamper yourself with a leisurely weekday brunch at one of your favorite restaurants. Choose the spot that always makes you feel a bit glamorous. For me, that’s the Ivory on Sunset at the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles. 

    Feeling extra indulgent? Order that glass of wine. I won’t tell.

    1. Break a Sweat in Hot Yoga Class

    There’s no better way to multi-task self-care than to find something that’s good for both mind and body. I’ve been working on me this year and hot yoga is one of my go-to fitness classes. Spending an hour moving through meditative poses while getting my heart rate up is self-care at its best. Plus, you can’t beat that post-yoga glow.

  • Slow Down and Read a Book
  • How often do you find the time to lose yourself in a good book? This fall, make it a point to carve out time in your day to read. Maybe it’s in the early morning before the kids get up, perhaps you’ll make a cup of tea in the early afternoon––or maybe you’ll even find time to escape to a cozy coffee shop for an hour or two before carpool pickup. 

  • Relax with an At-Home Spa Evening
  • Spending a day at the spa is wonderful, but we’re all busy even after school is back in session. So, after you’ve put the kids to bed, find your restful retreat with an at-home spa evening. Splurge on a high-end face mask, put on your fluffiest robe, light a delicious candle, and draw a warm bath. Slip into the water and let your day melt away.

    And, remember, me-time doesn’t have to be a solo activity. Maybe your best self-care is spending an evening laughing with girlfriends over cocktails or cooking an extravagant meal with a great glass of wine. Do what feels right for you––even when the kids get busy.