Mother’s Day is just around the corner (May 13, people; don’t forget), and as the time draws nearer, we’ve been finding ourselves thinking about what the day is really about. For one, it’s a celebration of motherhood—an appreciation for the women in our lives (biologically related to us or not) who raised us, nurtured us, and continue to love us unconditionally. But it’s also for recognizing that moms are people with needs too. Believe it or not, they crave “me” time just like the rest of us.
So while we still might ply the moms in our lives with flowers and chocolates, we also decided to ask them what they really want—and their answers involved simple little luxuries like quality alone time spent relaxing with a multitasking, hydrating hydrogel mask from European Wax Center®. Read on to find out what six real women do to take time out for themselves, and steal a few of their tips to treat the special women in your life.
Monday Morning Manifest
“I love spending time with my daughter, but after a long weekend playing Barbies and dress-up, sometimes coming into work early on a Monday morning can actually feel like a luxury. To sit and go through emails in silence (and maybe do some online shopping)—that’s bliss.” — Brooke, mother of a 3-year-old daughter
“Admittedly, since having my son, I haven’t been great about doing things for myself. Although I’m trying to be better about carving out some ‘me’ time a few nights a week. I recently found out that I actually like [taking the time] to do a face mask before bed. It’s refreshing after a long day and helps me relax. I’m starting to understand the importance of indulging in the little things.” — Janina, mother of a 14-month-old son
[Ed. note: Right now we’re low-key obsessed with European Wax Center’s Mask Me™ Hydrogel Mask. It’s chock-full of concentrated ingredients, like kelp extract and chamomile extract, to hydrate and smooth skin. The sheet mask comes in two pieces, so it can better conform to your face. Not only does the mask brighten and firm, but the bottom piece contains a hair growth minimizer, so you’re really killing two birds with one stone. Bonus: Right now you can get the mask and a cute tasseled clutch for $16.50—pick it up at an EWC location.]
“I wake up at 5 a.m. to go to barre everyday. This isn’t because I’m super into fitness or anything; it just forces me to get up early enough so that I get 30 minutes to myself when I come home. I’ll use that to to enjoy a smoothie and prep for my day. Even if one of the boys wakes up early, I’ll tell them to go back to bed until the clock says 6:30 a.m.” — Jade, mother of two sons, ages 7 and 2
Dip at Dusk
“As a mom, you tend to put your needs last, but self-care is important. I’m trying to carve out two little moments for myself each day: a morning trampoline workout class and then a salt bath after I put the baby to bed. The workout is basically therapy in exercise form, and the salt bath helps my muscles recover and gives me a moment to decompress after a long day.” — Hillary, mother of a 5-month-old son
“I love waking up early—around 6:30 a.m.—before my husband and son do. The house is quiet, and there’s a stillness you can’t get any other time of the day. I sleepily make my way to the kettle and boil water for a cup of hot chai rooibos tea with vanilla almond milk. I sip it slowly as I look out the window and enjoy a sweet indulgence of ‘me’ time before the demands of the day (and my son) officially kick in.” — Sacha, mother of a 9-year-old son
Walking and Wandering
“I love to walk to nearby stores. It gives me a chance to clear my head, check out what’s new, and maybe get a fancy cup of coffee. Even if it’s just window shopping, it’s a nice break that helps me reset.” — Cate, mother of a 7-year-old son
[Side note: Fitting in a quick appointment at European Wax Center® is another way to make you smile. Not only will you get your self-grooming taken care of, but afterwards you’ll be feeling more confident in your (smooth) skin. Make a reservation now at any EWC location; your first wax is free!]