Two minutes with … Tiffany Petitmermet, mama to Genevieve, aged 2 years 

Two minutes with … Tiffany Petitmermet, mama to Genevieve, aged 2 years 

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

The last time I truly had me time was at the Bloom Getaway event on May 19-20. It was time for me to get away and fill my cup. 

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

I honestly struggle with this. But lately I have been making more effort in caring for my needs. 

I eat at meal times. It sounds so simple but I know many mom’s that hardly ever get to eat. 

Drinking water throughout the day helps me to stay hydrated. It’s a simple thing but something we should all do even if you don’t have kids. 

Getting exercise is a big help. I try to do yoga at least a few times a week. We also go hiking as a family once a week. 

At the end of the day I sometimes watch one of my favorite shows to unwind. 

What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? 

Quiet the mom guilt. As a mom we are quick to take care of everyone around us and completely forget about ourselves. Then, when we do finally think of ourselves, we feel guilty. But caring for ourselves benefits everyone. You can not pour from an empty cup. We need to make time for ourselves. 

How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?

This is something I am constantly working on. Being honest with how I feel is the biggest thing I am learning. If I am starting to feel drained then I know I have to fit in some me time. Communication with my husband and letting him know where I am at has been a huge help. 

Two minutes with … Amelia Adams, mama to Charlie, aged 3 years and Matilda, aged 5 month

Two minutes with … Amelia Adams, mama to Charlie, aged 3 years and Matilda, aged 5 month

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

It was my birthday last week and my Mum bought me a massage. Afterwards I had 20 minutes to kill before a doctors appointment, so I sat in a cafe and had a coffee and a Toblerone muffin (seriously amazing) all by myself with no one talking at me or demanding things. Heaven. 

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

Running keeps me sane and strong, the time away from the household and the endorphins are so good for me mentally and physically. It’s hard to get away though, so if I’m really tired and flat and in need of a boost, sometimes just taking the kids out for a coffee or play date with a close friend who makes me laugh is excellent medicine.

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

My husband travels a lot for work so “me time” is impossible, but when he’s home I make sure I use whatever windows I get to go for a run, or meet a friend without the kids. I’m about to start back at work part time which will be challenging but also really good for me… it’s so important to get back in touch with the part of my identity that does not revolve around purée and Spiderman. 

Two minutes with … Hein Koh, mama to twins Amelia and Oneida, aged 2 years

Two minutes with … Hein Koh, mama to twins Amelia and Oneida, aged 2 years

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

I actually had a good amount of “me-time” by going away last week for two nights, to install my art show in Baltimore. It was only the second time I was away from my kids overnight, who are two years old now. While I felt stressed planning for for the trip, once I was away it felt great to spend a lot of time alone traveling and while there. I was busy working most of the time, but it didn’t compare to how busy I am at home when I’m taking care of the kids. I had a lot of downtime while traveling to and fro, and in the mornings I could take my time getting out of bed, getting ready and having breakfast by myself, as opposed to being woken up by my kids and having to take care of them first thing in the morning. I’d like to make a point of traveling by myself more often.  

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

Some of my favorite ways to practice self-care are running, doing yoga, meditating, taking nightly baths and writing frequently in a journal. I also make sure to make time for friends and have fun. I can definitely work on the latter some more, but as my kids are getting older, it’s getting a bit easier.

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 moms struggling to create “me-time” is to make sure to schedule it, knowing you will reap many benefits from it, including being a better mom. As a mom it is hard to be spontaneous – you can’t just leave your kids without making sure someone else is going to watch them. I make a point of meditating for half an hour whenever I go to my studio, even though I don’t feel like it and I feel stressed about time, because I know how much it benefits me. Same with exercising, journaling, etc. I know that when I make time for myself to decompress, reflect and clear my head, I am a better mom to my kids because I can return to them with a much more relaxed and even-keeled state of mind.

Two minutes with … Tricia Huffman, mama to Zia, aged 19 months (and due in July with another!)

Two minutes with … Tricia Huffman, mama to Zia, aged 19 months (and due in July with another!)

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

I have me-time daily. It may not be the get away to the spa or girls night me-time that you would equate with that term, but I see it as doing something only for me that brings me joy and fills me up. One thing that I do almost nightly is read before bed. And not a business or growth book, a book that entertains me. Sometimes a memoir, sometimes a fiction. Reading is something I have always loved and something I thought I would not get to do for years as a mother. But, it is one of my favorite things to do so I made it a part of my routine. I also will do at least one epsom salt bath with a lighted candle each week.

But, if we are talking leave the house me-time, I was away this weekend doing a show with my Your Joyologist product line and I spent the mornings walking to have breakfast by myself and journaling while I was out. That is something I will do at home too for a little get away me time. Go to a local cafe with my journal.

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

Epsom salt bath! Yoga! I love to practice with yogaglo at home. And really just taking great care of myself daily. Eating nourishing, delicious foods, getting out into nature, moving my body even for just 20 minutes a day. And most importantly keeping my mind clear of doubts, guilts and those ugly shoulds!

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

Think small. I think that it is easy for us to think of it having to be as a few hours away which feels harder to make happen. Yes, a few hours away is amazing and necessary but little bits count too and make a huge difference! Ask yourself what lights you up? What reminds you of who you are? What was one of your favorite ways to relax before you had kids? Find somethings that you can easily add into your week. Even if you start with taking a 15 minute solo walk every night when your partner gets home from work or once the kids are asleep. Think small and it will be much easier to make it happen and then create space for even more me-time to be a natural part of your life.

For me, I know that I don’t operate as well without these self-care, me time habits. I know that my daughter, partner, clients, everyone gets a better version of me, when I am taking care of me and making time for me….So, really you taking me-time benefits everyone else!

Massage #11 – Green Bamboo Massage, Mentone, Melbourne 

Massage #11 – Green Bamboo Massage, Mentone, Melbourne 

It was Mother’s Day and between going into work and doing the grocery shopping I was having a massage goddamit! 

Green Bamboo Massage is located in Thrift Park shopping centre, a small relatively new complex in suburban Melbourne. Chinese massage businesses are so commonplace in Melbourne finding one, and one with immediate availabilty is easy. I had a 20 neck and shoulder massage, which was done while I was seated in a basic school/office type chair. 

Green Bamboo itself is located near the main entrance to the centre and so the ambient music failed to drown out the sound of clanking trollies and peoples voices. For some, I expect this would detract from the experience. For me, I’m always just happy to be getting a massage. 

The massage was pretty good and the pressure was nice and firm – how I like it. 

Green Bamboo is a no frills experience but for times when you don’t have an appointment but could use a massage Chinese massage shops like this one are a good option. 

Cost – $20.00 for 20 minutes