Two minutes with … Erika Heynatz, mama to Charlie, aged 16 months 

Two minutes with … Erika Heynatz, mama to Charlie, aged 16 months 

When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?

I went to a movie on the weekend and it was fantastic. Bought sweet AND salty snacks. No sharing. Loud crunching and bag ruffling to my hearts content at the 10am session. It took about 40 minutes to switch off completely, but when I did, I was so lost in the story and the lives of the characters my life chaos vanished blissfully away. Cinema bingeing is my ultimate choice of escape. 

What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?

Most days, when Charlie has a nap in the middle of the day, I’ll try and lay down for 15 minutes with an eye pillow and a meditation soundtrack on. Every morning, after breast feeding and breakfast with Charlie, my husband and I tag team so that I can go out for a walk with a podcast, soft sand run on the beach and a swim or do a spin session at home with the noise cancelling earphones on for 30-45 mins. It didn’t take much for him to see how much easier everything is if I start the day with some solo exercise time to gather my energy and clear my mind. 

What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?
Since Charlie has been around, I’ve been running a tight ship on a strict schedule. He seems to thrive on this. And so do I. I literally pencil in 5-10 minute escapes for myself. And actually set the timer – so that I don’t cheat myself of the time out by accidentally multi-tasking. 5 minutes with my legs up the wall if I’m exhausted. 10 minutes to eat my lunch in the sun, sitting down. Simple little pleasures are always the most immediate. 

Two minutes with … Amanda Woodward-Brown, mama to Violet, aged 3 years and Isla, aged 8 months 

Two minutes with … Amanda Woodward-Brown, mama to Violet, aged 3 years and Isla, aged 8 months 

When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?

Last weekend. I attend a pilates class every Saturday morning. It has helped me regain my strength after two pregnancies and I love going as it clears my mind. You need to concentrate entirely on the movements of your body so I have an hour respite from the to-do list that is usually running through my head. 

What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?

Pilates and occasionally after the girls have gone to bed, I will run a bath with salts, and light a scented candle, it sounds clichéd but after the birth of my second daughter, it was sometimes the only chance I got to be alone. Isla wouldn’t take a bottle so I could never leave her for more than a few hours. I also invest in my wardrobe (online only though – dragging a baby and toddler into shops is not my idea of fun). It may seem superficial, but buying a pretty dress or a pair of earrings is an instant mood booster. Your life changes irrevocably when you become a mother, so trying to retain my sense of style, even when covered in baby sick, made me feel more like myself. 

What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?

It is so important to make time for yourself! Although this is something I didn’t understand for a long time after becoming a mother. A young baby, disruptive house renovations and almost no support due to close family living far away meant that I rarely had a moment to myself. As a result I was exhausted and irritable. On a whim I decided start Pilates again to try to regain the core strength I had lost during pregnancy. Having just one hour to myself each week made an immediate difference to my health and happiness. It made me realise that I needed to put myself more first. Now I have a young baby and a toddler, this is something that has become even more important, I now take time out to get my hair done, see friends for lunch or dinner and practise pilates. Motherhood is wonderful but it can also be all-consuming. Creating ‘me-time’ in your life is an important way to not lose your sense of self. 

Massage #9 – Javanese massage, Sonia’s Spa, Black Rock, Melbourne  

Massage #9 – Javanese massage, Sonia’s Spa, Black Rock, Melbourne  

Since starting my fortnightly massage regime at the beginning of this year I’ve been fairly diligent about booking my massages in advance. However in the past month things have gone a little off track. Without forward planning, I’ve found myself feeling more uncomfortable asking to have the kids cared for and actually put off making arrangements not knowing when to fit it in and where to go. 

My most recent massage was at Sonia’s Spa, located in Black Rock. I had been wanting to try to spa for a while having noticed it while running errands. 

My massage was scheduled during my lunch break on my only work day. I only booked in for 30 minutes (because I usually have so much to get done in that one day in the office). 

I had the Javanese massage – as I’d never tried one before and it was recommended to me when I made the booking. The beautifully finished treatment room was an unexpected surprise with special touches like the wall of planters out the window of the treatment room. 

The Javanese massage was an oil massage which, given it was only 30 minutes, was isolated to the back of my legs, my back, shoulders and neck. One particular aspect of the massage was a first for me – a technique which felt almost like a wide fingered pinch – sounds terrible – felt pretty good. The massage and overall experience far exceeded my expectations of an unassuming suburban spa. 

At the end of the treatment I remembered why I rarely book 30 minute massages – they simply aren’t long enough. Time never seems to go as quickly as when I’m on that treatment table. Lesson learnt I will endeavour to get more organised with my future bookings. 

Two minutes with … Devina Vadera-Bhandari, mama to Armaan, aged 2.5 years

Two minutes with … Devina Vadera-Bhandari, mama to Armaan, aged 2.5 years

When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?

Today! I got up early and went for a 4 mile run. I got into running after I had my son, Armaan, as a way to get back into shape. Little did I know at the time that it would become a form of release and therapy. I love to listen to my music or National Public Radio and just get lost in my breath. 

What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?

I love love love to get a blowout every week! It’s sort of my guilty pleasure. 
I’m kinda addicted to sheet masks and love trying new ones weekly!

Getting a workout in. Doesn’t matter if it’s a run or yoga but I like being active. I love how I feel afterwards! 

What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?

My advice to mamas would be to reach out and ask for help. I truly believe it takes a village and you need to reach out to family and friends to help you. 

When Armaan was younger I found that even an hour out of the house by myself was just enough and I felt recharged and usually found myself rushing back home to be with him! 

Luckily I have a sitter who I use 2-3 times a week that allows me to take some time for myself. Also since my son started pre-school I have become super wise with my time. I try to finish errands and get me-time in the morning when he’s at school so my afternoons are clear and we can enjoy time together at home or doing something fun. 

Two minutes with … Sarah Glasbergen, mama to Maud, aged 2.5 years

Two minutes with … Sarah Glasbergen, mama to Maud, aged 2.5 years

When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?

Hmmm I think taking a bath a couple of weeks ago. And I try to read a book before sleeping. 

Also I try to create some me-time on given days. Like every Monday and Thursday. Those evenings I do some beauty stuff like a mask, my nails, or go for a massage or do some yoga.

What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?

I have a beauty routine I try to do every night. And I start the day with a healthy smoothie with spinach and a lot of fruit!

What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?

I would say make it a routine. If it’s eating healthy, or creating some me-time. I used to work every night. But now I have changed my routine and try to relax on every Monday and Thursday – I have chosen those days and I make it work with my schedule.

For more from Sarah visit her website https://www.minime.nl