When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?
I had a few hours of ‘me-time’ last week. My mother-in-law looked after the trio and I was able to do some shopping. It was great. I was able to grab a hot coffee, drink it hot and enjoy some retail therapy.
I am really fortunate that I am able to spend some time at my mums during the week. Most weeks I am able to get out of the house – sometimes just for an hour – to do a bit of grocery shopping or run some errands.
What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?
Finding time for self care is difficult as I am constantly so busy. When I have an extra set of hands around I like to get out of the house and either exercise, or catch up with friends. These two things would have to be my favourites as I feel they really help me recharge.
When I’m busy at home by myself, looking after the trio, their nap time is usually when I can get a few things done. I either watch an episode of a TV show, throw the ball to my dog, sit in the sun, do some stretching, read a book or just relax on the couch and not do a lot.
What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?
I think it is really important to have ‘me-time’. It has taken me a while to realise how important it is to get a break. It’s good for the mind, body and soul.
The best advice I could give to other parents is say ‘YES’ to the offers from friends and family to look after your kiddies. Even if you only are able to get out for a couple of hours, it will do the world of good. Make sure this is kid free. As parents we feel guilty for leaving them behind, but really it’s great for both the parents and kids to have time apart. I know with my trio that if I am having a bad day where I am exhausted and overwhelmed they pick up on this and aren’t happy themselves.
For the parents that don’t have a lot of support, I think even catching up with other parents is great. Even though you have your kids, you have adult conversation. I know I walk away feeling more energised after exchanging feelings, thoughts and experiences.