When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?
It’s become easier to carve our “me-time” as my son has gotten older and now goes to preschool a few mornings a week. At first I was tempted to use that time to do all of my errands and to-do list items, but I quickly learnt that taking time once or twice a week to do something that fulfills me, while he is away, is just as important. It could be as simple as a walk by the lake, going to get a coffee or browsing the bookstore uninterrupted. Those kind of simple activities are rejuvenating for me!
What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?
Yoga/meditation, essential oils and a gratitude journal were some of the best self care techniques I found in the years after having a baby. I also adore cooking, so spending time in the kitchen making something I love is like therapy. I think the trick is finding that spark of joy and following it!
What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?
My best advice is to place value on time for yourself, ask for help, schedule time if needed and find little things that bring joy.
It can be really hard to place value on time for yourself when there are so many other things competing for time/attention, but if you burn out, you can’t give the best of you to the people you love most. A happy mama is happier with her kids.
I had such a hard time with that concept with a new baby and felt guilty about taking time away, but with practice I found that I’d return home refreshed and renewed in a way that made a positive impact on my family. I’m lucky to have a supportive husband who partners with me to schedule time for myself and vice versa. We found that we had to literally get out a calendar and pencil it in— I loved that it would give me something to look forward to!
Also, time for myself may not be a whole day away, it could be a quick trip to the store to pick up flowers or to take a yoga class, sometimes you’ve got to embrace the mini-breaks!