When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?
I left work three hours early today and went and had a foot massage, and a hair appointment – which is great ME time. I always try and squeeze in a massage at least once every few weeks, especially because I spend so much time in the office sitting down. It’s always nice rewarding yourself for working so hard and my last hair appointment was 13 months ago! So that was well deserved!
What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?
Fitting in a quiet coffee after school drop off, and before I get to work. If you can give yourself at least half an hour of quiet time before you head into the office, it helps to start the day in a not so frantic way.
Being a mother, you usually have to get up and get the kids off to school and then go into work. So if you can try and organise into your week, to allow a half an hour gap between dropping off the kids and getting into the office, then it’s so nice to squeeze in something like a coffee with friends or a quick dip in the ocean, just to have that moment of calm before you start your busy day.
What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?
I find that if you can leave just that half an hour earlier from work, then try and do that, to squeeze in some quiet time before you head home to the kids.
If you have the morning at home with the family getting breakfasts made and making lunches and getting the kids dressed, usually if you go out for a quick walk for half an hour, you will still have time to get all the family chores done.
If there is any way you can leave your husband and kids at home for an hour in the afternoon, while you have a one hour of power cocktail session with your girlfriends …. that is always nice! Every mother needs a kidless girly catch up with their other mama girlfriends … just to vent and to enjoy some normality for an hour! The kids and hubby will be fine for an hour without you!
For me, it’s all about using that spare time in the morning or afternoon, when the kids won’t even notice you’re not there.