When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?
While I try to incorporate uninterrupted, soul nourishing me time into my weekly routine, there are weeks when it just isn’t possible. One thing I do practice religiously is taking 30 minutes a day while Charlotte is asleep to sit, reflect, switch off from the day and reconnect with myself.
What are some of your favourite ways to practice self-care?
I find the most nurturing self-care activities are those that set my soul on fire and leave me inspired. A meditation, reading an empowering book, or learning from and connecting with successful women who juggle the demands of work and family life with a smile. Life as a mum can be hard, but life as a working mum is even harder. There is nothing more powerful than women supporting other women, and I try to seek out and support other women in business who leave me feeling inspired.
What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?
I spend my working day connecting with busy parents to teach them the importance of self-preservation and wellness care. Years of experience in the wellness industry has taught me that the key to living a life of wellbeing is balance and connection. I think the key to practicing genuine “me-time” is identifying the activities that really set your soul on fire and leave you feeling fulfilled. Mothers spend their life giving to others and put their family’s needs first. It’s really important to fill yourself up first, before you give to your loved ones. Once you identify the things that really leave you feeling nurtured and connected to your higher self, it’s easy to incorporate them into your day because you yearn for them. 15 minutes of deeply connected time can feel like a few hours.
I have learnt to cherish the stolen moments of quiet time and make them “me-time”. Sitting with a cup of coffee in the sun while Charlotte sleeps, doing a brief meditation or check in with myself, or calling my one of my girlfriends for a girlie chat.