When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?

A few days ago. I make sure I schedule a monthly massage, otherwise I think I would fall apart. I definitely feel a lot of tension in my body after a month of sewing for my business. I use this time to reset for the month ahead. It is an hour and a half when I don’t have to think about anyone but myself- I love it! My husband works away from home for two weeks of every month, so I try to time this for just before he goes back to work.

What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?

I stretch every day and try to exercise at least twice a week. It might only be for ten minutes some days, but it still makes me feel good if I have done it. 

I am so lucky that we live just a couple of minutes walk from the beach, so having a quick swim and a laugh with my daughter or with a girlfriend makes me feel refreshed and relaxed.

When I am feeling stressed or overwhelmed, I actually enjoy sitting down after Cleo has gone to bed, pouring myself a glass of wine and writing my to do list for the for the following day. It puts things into perspective and allows me to wake up with a clear plan for the day ahead.

What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?

Never feel guilty about taking time for yourself, it makes you a better mum. Schedule it in and make sure your partner is on board. I don’t know any dad that misses out on his morning surf. Why should we miss out on our me-time? It is something that I have felt more comfortable with as my daughter has gotten older. Looking after yourself IS actually looking after your family.

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