When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?
Um. Ibiza!! I say that as if it’s a weekly occurrence, it’s not. It was my husband’s surprise 40th Birthday trip, that I had been planning for months. I was so so nervous about us both flying off and leaving the girls but as expected, they were absolutely fine and had a wonderful time with their Nanna and Poppa. It was so SO good to have time together though. From being in an airport alone together, sitting on a plane and reading my kindle, and just having no agenda with no routine to adhere to. It was magic. I think it’s incredibly important for us as a couple to make time together. I mean, Ibiza is quite extreme, but even an hour in the pub (we love the pub) or cooking dinner to eat away from the TV. For, us and in turn me – it makes a huge difference.
What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?
I’m a bit crap at it to be honest. I must try harder. I think it’s about taking the time when you need it. When I was heavily pregnant with Elsie I started having pedicures every now and again and I’ve kept it up. It’s an hour where I drive out, on my own and sit down and I try try try not to spend it on social media. Just read a magazine or do something mindless (my mind is generally ALWAYS on the go, so it’s good to try and switch off on occasions)
What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?
Prioritise. It doesn’t have to be a whole day, a spa break or a ‘night off’ – sometimes it’s something as small as heading out for a pedicure or a trip to Sainsbury alone. I love a solo sainos trip. I can listen to MY music in the car and aimlessly traipse the aisles without distraction. I think feeling like you need ‘time out’ can in itself be quite pressurised as many of us think we need to do something big – but it doesn’t have to be. Some times it’s as simple as head space.