When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?
It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago. Since having children, I decided that I would not work on my birthday. Instead I dedicate the entire day to myself. It’s ME time. We have a birthday breakfast, then I drop the kids off at childcare. The first half of the morning was spent having a mani & pedi (my feet and hands were in desperate need). Followed by a yoga class then a delicious facial. I felt completely rejuvenated! My body and mind were craving this self-nurture.
What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?
Self care is so important to me. This is a practice we teach women in the clinic. Looking after myself allows me to have more energy and be more present with the kids. Running a busy household and business my hubby and I have our non-negotiables. Meaning these “non -negotiables” are a part of our daily routine. My non-negotiables are my daily 20 minute meditation practice and regular yoga practice 3 x week. I schedule my yoga practice during my lunch break at work. Eating a nutritious based diet is also important to us a family (Winnie has chronic Kidney Disease), it keeps us in good health. That 15 minute shower at the end of the day is absolute bliss- peace & quiet.
What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?
I know how hard it can be. I remember earlier this year I was feeling absolutely depleted. I was playing catch up from when Winnie as critically ill, then giving birth to Freddie who was 6 weeks prem. I would recommend finding just 5 minutes a day for some “me time”. This “me time” could include breathing exercises, lying on your bed in savasana, listening to some of your favourite music, dancing in the lounge room. Find something that makes your heart sing. Garth and I have a wonderful partnership where we allow each other “me” time to schedule into our routine. What I also found to be really helpful is asking your girlfriends who also have kids around the same age to do a swap babysitting, so you and hubby can go for a night out.