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There’s so much on your plate as a police wife! You need to take time for you, too, and these self-care ideas for police wives will help you do just that.
Has it been a rough week… or few weeks… or a rough month, or even year? (Trust me, I understand that one.)
Even if nothing “major” has happened lately, gosh. You do a lot for your family as a police wife, right?
You help your kids get ready for school. You help with homework after school. You tackle bedtime.
You help your husband find all the parts of his uniform. You help him through the hardest shifts.
You do all the things, but tell me: who takes care of you?
If you kinda hem and haw over that question, it’s been way too long since you last did something for you. It’s time to do something to relax, recharge, and re-equip yourself to be the best you can be – for your family, and for yourself, too!
If you’re not sure where to start, look no further: here are 9 solid ideas of things to do, just for you.
9 Relaxing Self-Care Ideas for Police Wives
Read a book.
Obviously there are police wife-related books that are great reads, but don’t feel obligated to read them. If this is your “me time”, do what YOU want to do most.
Plus, if you’re anything like me, bookstores are the happiest place, ever. That smell, oooh.
Find a new show to watch on Netflix.
Or Hulu or Amazon Prime, whatever streaming service you like most. Choose a fun show, new or old, to watch, then do so guilt-freely.
Shut off your phone, mentally clear your to-do list, and focus on binge-watching a series.
You deserve it!
Treat yourself to a spa day.
Who doesn’t love a good spa day? Whether you get a mani-pedi or a nice massage, it’s bound to put you in a better mood, no matter what the rest of your day brings.
Bonus points if you use Groupon to get a discount on the whole thing!
Plan a girl’s night.
Are there some friends you haven’t seen lately that you’d really like to? Call them up and make a plan for a girl’s night.
This is an especially great idea if your officer’s on night shifts – you can plan around his shift and have the house all to yourselves!
If not? Combine this with a spa day for the best day ever.
Maybe this doesn’t read as “relaxing” right off, but I always feel amazing after a good run – or walk in the woods, depending on the day. It just melts my stress away and puts all my problems in perspective.
Whether you run, bike, dance, Zumba, Crossfit, or do yoga, a solid workout will help you feel so much better!
See a movie.
If there’s a movie in theaters that you’ve been dying to see but your officer is never free, take yourself on a date.
It might feel awkward at first, but settle in with popcorn, candy, and a soda, and you’ll be immersed in the story before you know it.
Plus, pretty much every movie theater now has the nice cushy reclining seats, so it’s extra relaxing!
Get yourself a treat.
Whether you’re craving a Frappucino or a brownie from that great bakery down the street, go get it!
This is my go-to self-care, because I can hit up the drive through and enjoy my treat while the kiddos are strapped in their seats and (mostly) can’t bug me for a bit.
Do something crafty.
Personally, I love doing crafts – just with the four year old, they’re usually super basic ones. But they’re still fun!
In any case, scroll through your Pinterest and find something you’ve pinned but never done, and take the opportunity to do it.
This can totally be combined with watching a show you’ve been waiting to see, of course 🙂
Go to bed early.
I might have dreaded this as a kid, but now, going to bed by 9 is just the best. Or even 10, because that’s still earlier than I usually make it to bed, haha.
But giving yourself the gift of a good night’s sleep will definitely help tomorrow go better.
No matter what you choose to do to care for yourself, make it a priority! You deserve it.