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

I am fairly lucky these days now that my girls are both at school and I work from home. My preferred time is 5am while the family sleeps to duck out and squeeze in some training otherwise I do feel like I’m chasing it for the rest of the day. Me-time is mainly spent on fitness – it’s what keeps me sane and its something I have always prioritized even when the girls were young.

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

Self care it a daily habit through the food choices we make, movement we choose to do and balance we create in our minds regarding how we deal with things such as stress, self-talk and mindfulness. So in a nutshell I practice self care as much as I can each day. Each small decision is ultimately taking us on certain path which is why self-care to me means mind-body-soul rather than a bi-yearly facial or massage.

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

Firstly I suggest to take this time while your children are young. Enjoy it and don’t wish the years away. Take each opportunity as it comes and be flexible to do what you can when you can. That may mean 20 min workout while the kids are sleeping during the day or walking up 30 mins earlier in the morning to fit it in. It is easy to be a martyr and complain you don’t have time but on the flipside you have to be proactive in making it happen. Ask help from family and friends or use creches at gyms. Use the buggy to go on walks/runs or put the kids on scooters and bikes. Where there is a will there is a way. It will take a little time for everyone to get used to the new routine but well worth it!

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