When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?
The last time was last night – yoga! I have only recently started back after sporadic intervals since I was a teenager. It was incredible, and is definitely a huge part of what keeps me connected to source.
What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?
It’s in the little things, like affirmations, reading my cards, writing, taking that time for a quiet meditation, yoga. I also love working on my business and projects. I think I’d say they contribute to positive self-care because they are purposeful pursuits and when I’m creating and adding value to someone or some cause, that’s what makes me feel most alive. I also love all the girly things too, like going out with my girlfriends, dressing up and getting my hair done!
What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?
It’s taken a while to work to out, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to say that I’ve mastered 100 per cent balance, but I feel it’s really about consciously creating time in your schedule while working around the kids as the priority. Time won’t magically appear, you really have to make it. Put the systems in place where you can benefit from the ease they create around your lifestyle.
My biz partner Helena and I both work when the kids are having their day sleeps. On these days we get in and get stuff done, so our work isn’t encroaching on the time we have with our kids. There is always going to be some overlap, but we mitigate it as best possible.
Putting the kids in day care two days a week has been amazing for both myself and them. These two days are full work days for me, and the kids just love their kindy time with their friends. This little separation is good for us, it makes you appreciate everything so much more.
I’ve also recently implemented a weekly activity and meal plan, so we can see down to hour increments what each day of our week holds. From here I can juggle things or see where there is free time that can be used for something either for myself or family related – although there’s never much of that!
The meal plan maps out 10 meal ideas for each of the seven days, and I’ll always ensure at the start of the week I’ve got enough to make at least a couple of those meals each day. It’s all family friendly and it varies from simple dinners, to slow cook dinners, to barbecue dinners that I can palm off to the husband!