When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?
Every day I’m able to have “me-time”. How much “me-time” can vary from as little as 30 minutes in the morning to as much as the whole day. I’m lucky to have a supportive husband, Andrew, who’s an amazing father to our two children. Most mornings I’ll have a coffee in bed and check my emails, Facebook, Instagram or just relax with my thoughts. Andrew will feed the children and get them ready for the day. We’ll then spend the morning and early afternoon together, doing family things. This usually involved a trip to the coffee shop, bakery and park.
Andrew has one day off a week and we often spend it together as a family. Occasionally I really need some time away from the children and Andrew is very good at reading the signs. He’ll send me off to have an afternoon of shopping around New York, which I appreciate. It’s not long though before I’m back home as I miss all three of them a lot.
What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?
I love to have a spa night at least twice a week. I put the children to bed around 9pm and my husbands works until 10:30pm most nights. I use this time to pamper myself. A long soak in a hot bath, facial mask, wash and straighten my hair and finish off with a manicure and pedicure. Ready for the next day ahead.
What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?
Sit down and evaluate what time in the day you’re wasting. You’ll be surprised! If you take this time to organize your responsibilities you’ll be amazed how much free time in the day or night you can gain.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I’m fortunate in that I have an amazing husband, who understands I need “me-time” from time to time and whenever possible he’s their to help.
Don’t feel guilty to want some “me-time”. If you’re rested and refreshed after a little time doing something or nothing for you, the love ones around you will feel the benefit too.