When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?
I actually had a good amount of “me-time” by going away last week for two nights, to install my art show in Baltimore. It was only the second time I was away from my kids overnight, who are two years old now. While I felt stressed planning for for the trip, once I was away it felt great to spend a lot of time alone traveling and while there. I was busy working most of the time, but it didn’t compare to how busy I am at home when I’m taking care of the kids. I had a lot of downtime while traveling to and fro, and in the mornings I could take my time getting out of bed, getting ready and having breakfast by myself, as opposed to being woken up by my kids and having to take care of them first thing in the morning. I’d like to make a point of traveling by myself more often.
What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?
Some of my favorite ways to practice self-care are running, doing yoga, meditating, taking nightly baths and writing frequently in a journal. I also make sure to make time for friends and have fun. I can definitely work on the latter some more, but as my kids are getting older, it’s getting a bit easier.
What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?
My advice to moms struggling to create “me-time” is to make sure to schedule it, knowing you will reap many benefits from it, including being a better mom. As a mom it is hard to be spontaneous – you can’t just leave your kids without making sure someone else is going to watch them. I make a point of meditating for half an hour whenever I go to my studio, even though I don’t feel like it and I feel stressed about time, because I know how much it benefits me. Same with exercising, journaling, etc. I know that when I make time for myself to decompress, reflect and clear my head, I am a better mom to my kids because I can return to them with a much more relaxed and even-keeled state of mind.