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

I’ve just returned from a trip to India for one of my best friend’s wedding. The wedding and being around all of the people I love was obviously me-time, but to be honest, the best me-time was a 10 hour flight with no wifi! I caught up on reading, heaven! I even had a glass of wine, whilst Fin sat next to me giggling at the Minions movie.

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

Gosh, I am not brilliant at self care. I am more of a do as I say, not as I do. I find that pressure to make time for me, almost as stressful as not having time for me! (If that makes any sense). However, I try to do some key things. I make sure I go for a walk around the block every lunchtime, just to clear my head ready for the afternoon of work. And on a Friday night, the phone goes away. 8pm, if I can, I don’t check my phone until the morning, just to have some time with my husband, glass of wine, and a catch up on life.

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

You know, I really think we have to stop telling women that there is a balance-because as soon as you think there is a balance, and you don’t have one, you feel like you’re failing. I don’t have a balance, and I’m ok with that now. I am juggling constantly. Sometimes that means that I super mom, sometimes I am super boss, very occasionally, I am super good to myself. It’s just a juggle, and I think that’s ok. Making time for yourself doesn’t have to be extravagant, and it doesn’t have to be lengthy, it can simply be a resolute “today, I am going to pee in the bathroom, by myself, with the bathroom closed”, and when you do it, you will realise, the world hasn’t stopped because you’ve done so, you will feel empowered that you made it happen, and you’ve had me-time! (Whilst juggling everything else!)…small things matter, be kind to yourself about that, and don’t put unrealistic expectations on yourself about how much time you will dedicate to yourself. 

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