When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?
I found time today actually! I dropped my daughter off at school and my son (who refuses a day rest) FELL ASLEEP! I was so ill prepared all I could think to do was fire up the coffee machine and watch a chick flick with adult themes. It was a beautiful day.
What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?
My ultimate self care is the hair salon. It’s a 5 weekly affair that I give the whole day to. Otherwise my best friend ( @kelreynolds) and I take every Thursday as our “day off”. We walk, eat, swim, shop, eat, get our nails done, catch a movie or just veg out… and eat. We try not to feel guilty about our “to do” lists because, as life gets fuller, what we SHOULD be doing is recharging.
What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?
Sometimes I think we get this wrong. Just because we’re alone, doesn’t mean we’re refuelling the tank. Hardcore gym sessions; not relaxing (in my opinion). Doing the groceries alone; still working. Cramming in a chapter of a book before passing out at night; does not qualify.
I’m recommending mindfulness. Stay with me, it’s not just for hippies. If you have 3 minutes to sit quietly and breathe in and out every day, you give your poor racing mind a little bit of respite.
Switching a heavy workout with a yoga session is ideal.
Find some water (beach, lake, waterfall, pool..) and be near it. Walk around it. Take a latte.
POWER DOWN!! Turn your phone off sometimes. If the kids are safe in bed and the only calls your gonna get are telemarketers, just shut it down. Time away from social media and your schedule at night can be boring at first but be honest… when was the last time you were bored! You’ll probably sleep better and there is no greater way to love yourself than to let yourself rest.