When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?
I think now that my children are getting older it has become a little more easy to capture me-time. I just indulged in a beautiful bath actually. It was only for 10 minutes but my goodness it was heaven, filled with salts and a few drops of my favourite Instant Calm blend of oils… With music of St Germain – Paris cafe type music – it really felt like I was transported right there again! Heaven!
What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?
My daily body boost happens without fail. Every morning I place a few drops of my favourite oils into a teaspoon of carrier oil or lotion. I add some sprays of magnesium and then rub briskly over my whole body. It is my ‘love my body’ ritual. I also love to go for a run every few days. I love my gym and the tribe of beautiful people there. Going to work feels like self-care as I love my job hugely. Putting on the vaporiser in the morning and evening is heavenly. Cooking my family a beautiful meal is something I really enjoy. And compressing my face at night with lavender before bed is the ultimate way to switch off from technology, unwind and prepare for sleep!
What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?
I think it is safe to assume there may be very few moments that feel like they are yours when you are a mumma of young babes. Therefore the key is to grab ‘micro-moments’. So three seconds might be all you get when you spritz yourself with a blend of relaxing oils or a drop of lavender on a tissue and inhaling for three deep breaths. It could be going out to the letter box in bare feet to ground yourself. It might be reading a few lines in your book before bed (let’s face it you are usually so exhausted a few lines is all you can manage before you fall into a slumber!). Having a coffee or tea with a girlfriend is precious especially when babes are sleeping. If you can manage a walk with babes in the pram I consider that me-time and them-time! Lighting the vaporiser feels like it is something for you. Using oils in your shower on a loofah might be a beautiful way to enhance your routine of cleansing. It takes no extra time but it feels a little indulgent! Going to the hairdressers if and when you get the chance is heaven. A glass of wine or herbal tea is divine when they sleep… Seriously there are so many moments… It is just a case of being aware and mindful of each micro-moment opportunity. They are there for all! Oh and smile! This time truly does go so fast in the big scheme of things!