When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?
The last time I had a bit of me-time was a week ago when I stole an hour for a mani-pedi in preparation for an upcoming wedding. It was GREAT. I specifically told the nail technician that I wouldn’t be having a chat because I don’t often get any time for myself and I like to make the most of it when I do! She seemed to understand and even did a little eye-roll when my hubby walked in with the kids 30 minutes later to see how I was “getting on”. Haha it was good while it lasted.
What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?
I think the best ways to look after myself are frequent naps (one can never have too many), exercise (one could definitely do more!) and an occasional glass of wine with the girls to touch base with reality. I think it’s really important to occasionally step out of your mummy role and be your own person. It helps us maintain our sanity the other 99% of the time.
What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?
I think my biggest advice to any mum is drop the guilt. Don’t feel guilty about asking someone to help watch the kids – even your husband who works everyday of the week. We need to learn to ask for help more often. Don’t feel guilty about leaving the kids – you’re entitled to some mumma-time. And don’t feel guilty for hiding in the bathroom occasionally to have a break – we all do it and goodness knows that sometimes we need that time out! I try and be present for the kids as much as possible but as soon as I feel the walls start closing in on me, I immediately set something up to allow myself a little break. Sometimes pre-planning doesn’t always work and you’ve got to take the chance when you get it!