When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?
Sunday is usually my ME TIME and that usually consists of me sleeping for hours after going to the farmers’ market, church and lunch. I love sleeping as it recharges me and I’m trying to catch up from years of having back-to-back kids and working late. Another thing I enjoy is reading. I can spend hours in my bed reading or at a bookstore. Obviously, another big ‘me time’ is exercise – I try to workout at least 4-5 times a week. Even when my days are incredibly busy, knowing that I did that ONE thing for myself, makes me feel better.
What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?
I think my best advice to others regarding self care is the realization that self care is a discipline. For example, recently I’ve been watching my diet more carefully because I want to feel leaner and more confident. It seemingly takes more effort and work to eat healthier (which is the opposite of ‘relaxing’) but disciplining my desires for long term goals is self care. This goes along with wanting to progress yourself physically, personally professionally. If you want to ‘care’ for yourself, there will be effort involved. My favorite ways to practice self care are exercising, writing, reading, getting a facial, being with friends or going to church.
What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?
I spoke to a mom recently who has a tough time exercising because she works often and has limited time with her daughter as it is. Leaving her to go to the gym creates more guilt. My best advice is to firstly, find a free No Excuse Mom group in your area where you can develop great friendships, workout and bring your children (who can train with you or around you). My next advice is to train when they are sleeping. Honestly, nothing beats getting a workout before the kids wake and before the mom guilt sets in. I have a pretty good mentality regarding ‘me time’ as I ensure I get time for girlfriend dinner dates and read after the kids go to bed. It’s all about prioritizing and understanding why it’s important.