When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?
I went to a movie on the weekend and it was fantastic. Bought sweet AND salty snacks. No sharing. Loud crunching and bag ruffling to my hearts content at the 10am session. It took about 40 minutes to switch off completely, but when I did, I was so lost in the story and the lives of the characters my life chaos vanished blissfully away. Cinema bingeing is my ultimate choice of escape.
What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?
Most days, when Charlie has a nap in the middle of the day, I’ll try and lay down for 15 minutes with an eye pillow and a meditation soundtrack on. Every morning, after breast feeding and breakfast with Charlie, my husband and I tag team so that I can go out for a walk with a podcast, soft sand run on the beach and a swim or do a spin session at home with the noise cancelling earphones on for 30-45 mins. It didn’t take much for him to see how much easier everything is if I start the day with some solo exercise time to gather my energy and clear my mind.
What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?
Since Charlie has been around, I’ve been running a tight ship on a strict schedule. He seems to thrive on this. And so do I. I literally pencil in 5-10 minute escapes for myself. And actually set the timer – so that I don’t cheat myself of the time out by accidentally multi-tasking. 5 minutes with my legs up the wall if I’m exhausted. 10 minutes to eat my lunch in the sun, sitting down. Simple little pleasures are always the most immediate.