When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?
When I have me-time, I feel like I can conquer the world! And I don’t want to do any of the every day tasks on my to-do list. The last time I had me-time it was a Saturday afternoon before going out to a fancy party that evening. So I went to the mall, had my make up done for free at Bare Minerals and got my hair curled for free by the sales guy at the hair straightener kiosk. I looked like a million bucks and paid zero bucks for it! Then I went out with my hubby and had a fun date night out.
What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?
Honestly, this is an area that I need to improve. Only recently have I realized that self care goes beyond personal hygiene. (Which sometimes I am not even good at! Every morning I swear I will never go to bed with make up on again. Then every night I am soooo sleepy again…) So the biggest step I have taken toward focusing on self care is seeing a therapist. At first, I was embarrassed and did not want anyone to know so it is a huge step for me to share this with you! But after experiencing a major transformation in the way I treat myself as a result of counseling, I want everyone to know that it is not shameful, rather a gift to yourself! If you’ve ever considered it, I promise you will be thankful you did. It’s like an oxygen mask on an airplane, make sure you take care of yourself first in order to take the best care of those around you.
What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?
My absolute greatest piece of advice is to let people help you. Invite them in. Share the load. We are all in this together! And the more we lean on each other, the stronger we will all be as a community. You don’t have to go it alone! If your friend tells you she can help with your kids to give you me-time, she means it! So take her up on it! And do the same for her. Give and receive. Receive and give. My friend Amy and I are so passionate about parents helping parents that we created and app for that called Komae, In Greek, it means Village. For parents, it means free time. I sit for you. You sit for me. We all get free time and no one pays for babysitting. Can I get an Amen?!