When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?
I try and make it a priority in the evenings after the kids are in bed and the dinner mess is cleaned up. I put my feet up and plan the following day out first. The more structure and organisation I have in life, the more ‘me time’ I get!
Afterwards I do something that requires no brain activity whatsoever (watch a tv series – currently ‘Suits’…OMG amazing, read a magazine, online shopping, stalk instagram, call my mum/sister etc). For me it’s not about doing something special and exciting, it’s simply about pausing the everyday routine and taking time out purely for my sanity.
What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?
A loooooong interrupted shower, with the works! ie..completely finishing my beauty routine without racing out of the bathroom dripping wet to take my son to the toilet. Also, going for a walk WITHOUT the kids ~ such a good way to clear my head completely and get rid of any negative energy. I love spending time with my husband. Maintaining a good healthy relationship is just as refreshing and rewarding as spending time on myself, and often preferred over time alone.
What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?
It’s all about being organised and highly prioritising your physical and mental health. I’m constantly making ‘to do’ lists so I can stay on top of everyday tasks that often can pop up right when I need some ‘me time’. I deliberately keep my evenings free during the week so I have a little window of time each day to look foward to. My advice would be to block out at least three individual hours a week for yourself and yourself only, in your calendar. Don’t make any plans that clash with this time, and do everything you can in the lead up to keep the time completely free. Removing yourself from the house is also highly recommended! A mothers’ sanity is worth far more than gold, and can be the difference between a calm household and a stressful household.