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

Normally my me-time centres around physical exercise as I find that is always best for my mental and physical well-being. However, I am injured at the moment which means I am not allowed to run or hike. I love to swim but the island (Waiheke) I live on has been battered by storms over the last week so I haven’t been able to swim … we don’t have a public pool on the island.

So I have been finding my me-time in quieter ways. For example a few days ago after I dropped older girls to school, my 4 year old was happily playing in her room so I snuck away to another part of the house and curled up with my a magazine for 10 minutes. I was happy to ignore the washing, the breakfast dishes and the floor that needed sweeping and just enjoy the stillness. All those jobs can be done with my 4 year old during the day, reading a magazine cannot!

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

Yoga – either a class or just using a video online

Exercise – running, swimming or Waka Ama (Outrigging)

Walks on the beach by myself – I am lucky to live a short walk from the beach

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

I actually wrote a blog post about this recently – How I schedule me-time into a busy family life – which outlines how we create a family schedule to ensure both my husband and I have time during the week for me-time.

The other important points I would make for any Mums struggling with me-time is:

Tell yourself that me-time is just as important as the needs of your children and all the other things you juggle as a Mum. If you don’t make it important to yourself you will always put it at the bottom of the list.

It doesn’t have to be perfect to do it … if you can’t go to a Yoga class do 10 minutes at home, if you can’t go out to a café for a coffee alone sneak out into the garden for a cup of tea in the sunshine while kids watch TV. You get the idea. Sometime we fall into the trap of doing nothing for ourselves because we can’t see how to have the ‘perfect’ me-time we desire.

Linda is a life coach, blogger and Mum of 3. You can learn more about her and her adventures on her website, or sign-up for her weekly self-care emails called #selfcaresunday. Linda also runs an online program, 5 Minutes 4 Mum, several times a year.

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