THE GOLDEN HOUR

IN THE FIRST YEAR OF BABY’S LIFE, AN HOUR OR TWO TO YOUR­SELF IS A RARE COM­MOD­ITY AND OF­TEN AR­RIVES WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE PLANS AND CAN’T THINK WHAT TO DO. HERE ARE OUR TOP SUG­GES­TIONS TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TIME OUT

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Go for a mas­sage at the mall

No need to book. Great for tired, stiff breast­feed­ing shoul­ders. Make sure you tell them if you’re nurs­ing.

Nail it

Go to a nail bar for a quick mani/pedi. Go for a sim­ple French man­i­cure if you don’t fancy long, shel­lac nails while look­ing af­ter baby.

Walk­ing on sun­shine

Down­load a free pod­cast app on your phone and go for a walk in the sun­shine while your ears learn some­thing new.

Drive to the near­est beach

and dip your toes in the wa­ter or go for a swim. Fill your pock­ets with sea shells and go home with don’t-care salty hair.

Yoga nidra

Need restora­tion but no time to sleep? Try lis­ten­ing to a yoga Nidra, a guided med­i­ta­tion that in­duces deep re­lax­ation or yo­gic sleep.

Hit the op shops

If you need a re­tail fix but are low on cash, spend up large at your lo­cal char­ity shop. It’s guilt-free and good for the planet too.

Go for­est bathing

Spend­ing time in na­ture is al­ways restora­tive. Lie un­der some trees and gaze through the canopy of leaves to the sky above.

Catch a movie

The plea­sure of sit­ting by your­self for two hours in a dark, quiet, cosy movie the­atre comes into its own once you have a baby.

Go to the lo­cal pool

and hop straight in the spa pool, if it has one. Mas­sage jets are won­der­fully sooth­ing for tired, achings shoul­ders and backs.

Go to a lo­cal café

and eat the most gi­gan­tic piece of cake you can find with lash­ings of cream on the side – you’ve earned it, mamma.

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