Two minutes with … Engy Wegdan, mama to  Ismail aged 1 year and 8 months

Two minutes with … Engy Wegdan, mama to  Ismail aged 1 year and 8 months

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

I just had one last week where I had a nice long massage. 

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

I like to have my coffee in peace. Watch a TV show or movie. Have a nice day at the spa or just read a good book. 

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

Make sure to not forget yourself and ask your husband or any close family member to take care of the kids so you can relax and refill the power battery to be able to continue your 24/7 job. 

Two minutes with … Michelle Greene, mama to  Beau, aged 9 years and Leila, aged 7 years

Two minutes with … Michelle Greene, mama to  Beau, aged 9 years and Leila, aged 7 years

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

The last time I had me-time was on Friday I treated myself to an express glow facial… Yes it is as good as it sounds!!! It had been a busy week of photoshoots, events, and the children’s school, sport and activities. Friday is generally my day off so work so while the kids were at school I got my house sorted, ran some errands then made a quick stop to Flawless Rejuvenation in Hampton to treat myself before racing to school pickup.

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

Being active is so important to me, and I love that my job allows me to really focus on this and lead by example for my children too. I go to KX pilates twice a week and F45 and yoga once a week with my husband. It’s a nice way to connect and refocus, and I always leave feeling energised. If I’ve had a crazy week and my schedule allows, I might try to treat myself to a bit of pampering, wander around the shops, coffee catch ups with friends, or have some relaxing time at home. It’s amazing what one hour doing nothing can do for the mind!

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

Me time can be difficult as a mum especially when the children are quite young, we get in to the habit of putting everyone first but ourselves. It’s definitely much easier now the kids are at school. I think as babies and toddlers, having someone take the kids for a walk in the pram or a quick park play so you can regroup, have a long hot bath, or go and get your nails done can work wonders. Now that the children are older, its more of a balance between work, being a mum and finding some time for myself. A structured day off really helps, but if you can’t do that, an hour to yourself when the kids are in bed would be a good starting point. A new book to read, or a night off cooking with something healthy from Uber Eats. 

Two minutes with … Bron Leeks, mama to Cooper, aged 12 years, Pepper, aged 9 years and Elwood, aged 5 years

Two minutes with … Bron Leeks, mama to Cooper, aged 12 years, Pepper, aged 9 years and Elwood, aged 5 years

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

We have just been exploring Asia as a family for the last 11 weeks. My favourite thing to do is just wander the streets and photograph what I discover. I like being creative, meeting new people and chatting with locals. When I get back to the family I am way more refreshed and settled and I can share with them what I have discovered and captured. It does not come naturally to me at all, so I really need reminders and lucky Andrew is always supportive and encouraging me to have some time that is just about me.

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

I actually need a really good lesson in this! I am starting to create some time for myself but it is really hard when normal life gets in the way a bit! I have to be really focused and make the time otherwise I end up distracted and doing something for others.

We have started walking each night as a family and take it in turns for one of us to be the trainer. Last night Cooper was in charge so we walked to the park and did an obstacle course of the equipment. It was really fun to also have a kick of the footy with my youngest son.

I am also finding time to listen to podcasts which I really enjoy and of course they are about travel!

We have also really changed things at bedtime in my house as for the last 12 years its been all over the place. We have a routine in place and touch wood it continues as everyone is sleeping well, in their own beds and in much better moods when they wake up!

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

Now that we are back home it’s easier as we are back into a routine where the kids are in school. My younger two go 5 days a week while my eldest goes 3 days. 

Essentially I have 3 days that I can organise time for myself, which at the moment means catching up on lots of writing about our travels. I am setting aside 2 hours in the morning to focus on my blog and writing and then after that I can do all my other jobs! I find that actually writing down a plan of the day really helps and trying to stick to it. I am also a big fan of leaving school holidays to be just about the family and nothing about appointments, therapy or hospitals!

Two minutes with … Elodie, mama to children aged 20 years, 18 years, twins aged 15 years and aged 3 years

Two minutes with … Elodie, mama to children aged 20 years, 18 years, twins aged 15 years and aged 3 years

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

I take time for myself every day.  I decide each day which of my passions to pursue. I do not feel guilty about the time taken for me, it allows me to relax. Meanwhile, our very little girl is playing in her room, and the big ones go about their work.

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

Make-up and beauty in general. I cook a lot – it is an activity that relaxes me, and it is necessary to feed all these children!

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

Often moms simply say: I do not have time, but it must be taken. Having children takes a lot, a lot of time. But having 20 minutes for yourself, totally for yourself in a day is essential. The advice I would give is simply to take the time, and not to feel guilty!

Two minutes with … Rachel Maskell, mama to Kaliana, aged 4 years

Two minutes with … Rachel Maskell, mama to Kaliana, aged 4 years

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

This morning after dropping my daughter off to school I continued walking on to the beach. I’ve just started reading Just Kids by Patti Smith so my puppy, Pierre, and I sat on the beach and read and wrote. I’m finding that time to read and write isn’t so much a luxury as a creative necessity. 

Tonight I’m also flying to Puerto Rico for a two night three day stay in San Juan. My birthday is coming up so this is my way of celebrating. My first ever solo trip to indulge in whatever I want when I want. Stoked. 

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

I think self care can be a very loaded question. For some it may feel like a burden or doing things you’re supposed to do but don’t want to do. I like to look at self care as times where I follow my bliss…I do what feels good in the moment because I want to. Some of the things I tend to do are yoga, reading, writing, meditating, drinking wine and hanging with friends. A mixture of activity, art, and socialization. 

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

All the things we want in life and we crave for ourselves begin with ‘Me.’ Everything our family wants and needs from us requires that we are nourished, present, and patient. Without taking time out for ourselves on a regular basis we don’t have the resources internally to give and show up for others. And if we aren’t taking time for ourselves it’s hard to know what we need – never mind being able to articulate it. 

The world is waiting for women to really know what they want and need and to ask for it. If we’re never giving time to ourselves then we’re living off the steam of someone else’s life and that will only last so long until we’re burnt out. 
I like to make non-negotiables in my schedule for myself like writing daily, 5-10 min meditation daily, and the rest is as I can fit into my schedule. Having an open conversation with my husband around what I need helps too. He’s super supportive and he knows that by me taking care of myself as a priority will have a very nice ripple affect for him.