As we slowly ease out of lockdown, it’s likely we will look back on the last few months with a mixture of rose-tinted recall as we think about the nice memories made with the kids, and a huge sigh of relief that life can start to get back to normal after some seriously stressful times. 

No doubt you will feel a little exhausted after the parental juggling act and the extra chores, so don’t forget to look after yourself and take the time out to make yourself happy. 

Sometimes it’s all about the little wins; small things you can do to give yourself a boost and feel like you are creating time for your personal wellbeing.

Here are five Little Life Wins that are either free (or inexpensive!):

  1. Have a luxurious soak in the bath

It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you are a bath person, take an hour out of your schedule and really go to town. Fill the bath as full as you can, and crack out the luxury bubbles, sheet masks and cucumber slices. Next, grab a good book, light the tea lights…annnd relax! Gin and tonic optional…

  1. Read an inspirational book

If you are going to sit down for a good read, make sure you make the most of it. Find an escape from the kids, ditch the mobile, make yourself a cuppa and get comfortable. And, if you need some inspo, check out these two reads that are big favourites of the Buump Active team…

A Little Pick Me Up by blogger, writer and mum of two, Katie Portman asks; what would life be like if we realised we were good enough? This lovely, deeply personal book looks at the stories we tell ourselves as women that can lead to darker emotions and low self worth, and examines how we can overcome our challenges and realise our own beauty within. 

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero is a really good read for anyone who needs a huge dollop of positive thinking. As well as being hugely uplifting, it gives you the tools to achieve success in different areas of life and just be…well, a badass! It’s practical, funny and sums up all the main pillars of “self help” in one, easy-to-read guide. 

  1. Buy yourself a little treat

Buying something small and inexpensive like a new lippy can really work wonders for boosting your mood, and one of the best things you can treat yourself to is (drumroll…) a new lippy!  

A lovely shade of lipstick can brighten your day, make you feel empowered and put a spring in your step – all for a few quid. Don’t believe us? The Lipstick Effect is a genuine social phenomenon which shows that, in times of hardship and economic downturn, women have still bought little luxuries like lipstick – and this buying behaviour can be traced all the way back to the Great Depression. 

  1. Have a boogie night 

Even though we can’t really go out clubbing yet (or in many cases, just cannot be bothered!), the power of music is still hugely transformative. Why not get your mates round for a socially-distanced glass of fizz and recreate the heady memories of your youth with some 80’s cheese, 90’s dance, noughties pop or a tasty bit of techno? 

Whatever tunes float your boat, you can guarantee that you will be able to dance your cares away, even if it’s just for a few hours. 

  1. Treat yourself to some fresh flowers 

Who says you need a partner to buy you flowers? Next time you’re in the supermarket or passing a local florist, grab yourself a bouquet of something beautiful. Even just a small bunch on the kitchen table will make you smile, remind you that life can be lovely and brighten up your day. 

What are your favourite little life wins?