When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?
As the creator of Project ME for Busy Mothers I’m a huge advocate of Mama ME Time. It’s an essential part of being your best self for your family. When you fill up your own tank, you have so much more to give. I certainly walk my talk and make sure I have plenty of it! This morning I woke up and chose a 10 minute meditation from the (amazing) Insight Timer Meditation app. I wrote about my love for this app here. Throughout my day I pay close attention to my moods and emotions. I will do a one minute guided meditation to get me back into flow when I am feeling stressed, impatient, irritable or overwhelmed. It has an incredible ability to re-set me.
What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?
I love an evening candle-lit bath with aromatherapy oils and, again, the Insight Timer meditation app. I press play on a longer meditation, climb into the bath and let go completely. I think of it as my home spa! After that I’l climb into bed with a positive book and drift off into a peaceful sleep. I feel much better on evenings that I do this than the ones where I stay up too late watching Netflicks or hanging out online.
What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?
There will ALWAYS be more jobs around the house that need doing, so don’t think you’ll put your feet up after you’ve ticked everything off your to-do list. That’ll never happen! Learn to let go of perfection and allow yourself time to re-charge your batteries in whatever ways feel good for you. Maybe it’s reading a magazine or a book with your feet up and a cup of tea, maybe it’s doing some yoga stretches or a meditation, journaling or listening to music and breathing. I encourage all mamas to have a monthly Date With Yourself. You can read about how to do this here. I understand myself and my life so much better when I do this regularly. It gives me clarity and focus. I can articulate my feelings and desires with my husband because I’m clear. I recognise issues with my kids that need my attention before they turn into major problems. It flags up any feelings of anxiety or worry so I can explore it and figure things out. Highly recommended!