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21 blissful things to do on a day off alone

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If you’re a busy working mum that finds herself with a day off, you need to make the most of it with a blissful list of things to do on a day off alone. Perhaps you’ve unexpected day to yourself, or maybe you purposely booked this day off and your child is at nursery. Either way, today is all about you.

Being a mum is exhausting. You’re constantly juggling hundreds of different tasks and you never seem to have a moment to yourself. That’s why it’s important to take a day off every now and then to recharge your batteries.

Here are some things you can do on your day off to relax and rejuvenate, if you have a day off from work and the kids have childcare or plans of their own. Follow this list of things to do on a day off alone and bliss out…

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1. Have a lie in, or go back to bed

Start the day right, and make the most of your day off work without deadlines (till the kids come home).

If you’re able to go right back to sleep and enjoy a rare lie-in, go for it. If you’re wide awake and just want to chill in bed, grab a coffee and something to read and enjoy lazing around this morning.

2. Have a leisurely breakfast

There’s no need to rush around on your day off. Make yourself a delicious breakfast with your favourite things and eat it slowly. If you don’t have to be anywhere, take your time and savour every bite.

This is your chance to relax and have some ‘me’ time. Remember when you couldn’t even eat without the baby on your lap or hip?

Maybe you’ve already had a chaotic breakfast with the kids around earlier. This is the re-take, and you can enjoy your own breakfast in peace and quiet.

3. Move your body

Get moving. Just because you’re not working doesn’t mean you can’t get out and about. Take a walk in the park, go for a swim, or take a yoga class.

Getting your blood flowing will help you feel more energised and ready to tackle whatever comes your way. Plus, it’s a great way to clear your head and get some fresh air. Read more on the benefits of exercising outdoors.

4. Meditate

Whether you’re new to meditation or a regular practitioner, it’s nice to have some time to actually sit down and do this without fear of interruption.

Use the Headspace app to get started or if you want to learn more, read or listen to The Headspace Guide to Mindfulness & Meditation.

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5. Do something creative

Do something you enjoy and make it creative. This is your chance to do something just for you! It might be painting, drawing, making jewellery or even a puzzle.

Just make sure to spend some time doing something that brings you joy. Taking time to enjoy creativity will help you feel recharged and lift your spirit.

6. Read a book

Catch up on some reading that you’ve been meaning to do without distractions. During your busy working mamma life, you probably don’t have much time for reading anymore. But reading can be very relaxing.

Curl up with a good book and lose yourself in another world for a while. Maybe it’s time to check out a bestseller you’ve heard everyone talking about, or re-read a favourite of yours.

7. Get outside

Getting some fresh air and exercise is a great way to clear your head and feel energised. Maybe you have some lovely walks around you (or can travel to one). Or even use the time to get to know your local neighbourhood a bit better.

Take a walk in the park or go for a hike in the woods. Breathe in the fresh air and take in the beauty around you.

Perhaps this is your second time out if you were exercising earlier, but when do you get the luxury of two trips out by yourself in a day?

8. Get some odd jobs done

Whether it’s decluttering or organising some things around the house, many feel super good afterwards. Feeling more organised and in control can reduce stress and give you a feeling of accomplishment.

If you’re the sort of person that feels better for having a clear out, then go for it and see my decluttering post for more. Make sure you’ve allowed time to put your feet up after before your kid/s get home.

If this doesn’t sound like your idea of bliss, fair enough and move on to the next more relaxing idea!

9. Have a relaxing bath or spa session

Add some bubbles or aromatherapy oils to your bathtub and take some time out to relax and rejuvenate. Use some lovely products and create a home spa experience.

Put on a facemask and a leave-in conditioner on your hair. Play some relaxing music.

Or if you can afford it, see the next suggestion.

10. Treat yourself to a spa day

Book yourself for a day at the spa. Get a massage, manicure, and pedicure or whatever treatment you will benefit from the most on your day off work.

Or just enjoy some time in the sauna or steam room. Relaxing your muscles will help reduce stress and anxiety.

11. Do a spot of gardening

Spend some time tending to your garden and enjoy the satisfaction of pruning, watering and getting your hands dirty.

No garden? Make the most of a window box or give your indoor plants some love. Gardening indoors or out has massive benefits as it’s relaxing and you need to give it your full attention.

12. Enjoy a nutritious lunch

Take the time to prepare yourself a decent lunch. Fuel your body with healthy, filling foods so you have the energy to make the most of your day off alone.

Or treat yourself to lunch at your favourite spot while out and about. This is about taking a meal slow again and really enjoying it.

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13. Visit somewhere new

Explore your local area or venture further afield and discover somewhere new that you’ve never been before. Perhaps there is a market, food hall or tourist site that you’ve never had time before to visit.

14. Go to the movies

Treat yourself to an afternoon matinee at the cinema. This feels so indulgent when you have a day off alone to yourself and can sneak off to enjoy a mid afternoon movie.

Or if you don’t fancy going alone, see the next option…

15. Binge your favourite show

Set yourself up with popcorn and a blanket on the sofa. Watch your favourite show one after another or enjoy a good film or two.

This is a great way to escape reality for a while and just relax. No arguing over the TV today, it’s all yours.

16. Do a little writing

This might be in your journal or notebook. Don’t feel pressured to write well or write lots, just enjoy the process and see what happens.

If you struggled with the earlier creative suggestion, perhaps writing is more suited to you as an outlet.

17. Create a Spotify playlist

Take the time to create the best playlist you will ever need. Or a few playlists for different situations such as exercise, walking, cleaning, dancing.

You may spend more time on this than planned if you really get into it, but when else do you have the time?

18. Set yourself new goals

Don’t draw up a whole strategy or bucket list, but think about a few achievable goals you’d like to work towards while you have the headspace today.

See the post on setting new goals for more ideas on approaching this.

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19. Visit a gallery or museum

This is a blissful thing to do without the kids! Visit a new or favourite museum or gallery and take your time to enjoy it.

Does this make your list of things to do on a day off alone? Slowly enjoying art may be a distant memory if you are a new and working sleep-deprived mum.

20. Take a nap

Sometimes the best way to recharge is just to sleep! Take a nap in the middle of the day if you need it. This may be on your priority of things to do on a day off alone at home.

If you aren’t keen to go to sleep, you can still lie down and rest or listen to music or a podcast.

21. Do very little

If you’re in need of a real break and recharge, you might not want to pack your day out today at all. This may be the most difficult thing for busy mums to do, but sometimes doing nothing is really what you need.

Turn off your phone, disconnect from social media, and just relax without doing anything productive. It’s ok to just veg out every once in awhile!

Conclusion: Things to do on a day off alone

Recharging is so important for busy mums who work from home. If you have a day off, take advantage of it. You might want to do a few things and make the most of it, or you may prefer to just lie around and do very little.

Relaxation is key to maintaining your sanity as a busy mum and privacy is a rare occurrence once your little darlings take over. This blissful list of things to do on a day off alone will leave you feel recharged and invigorated.

Following these tips will help ensure that you make the most of your day off and are left feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. So take some time for yourself, relax, and enjoy!

What are your favourite things to do on a day off alone at home with no work or kids around?

If it will be a while before you have a chance for another day to yourself, think about how you can go about finding me time in your daily or weekly schedule, even if it’s just five minutes a day.

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