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

Renee – My last “me-time” was on Friday when I was able to meet a friend for breakfast without kids and then go shopping on my own, for myself! It’s the small things!

Romy – I was recently visiting my best friend in Mullumbimby. She introduced me to a special place called Kiva Spa. Kiva Spa is a place to let go, to drop into the stillness of Being, reconnect with the abundant fullness of Life and deeply nurture yourself. Wednesday nights they run a women’s only night …was a perfect way to spend the evening.

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

Renee – I practice self care by trying to eat well (which in the Melbourne winter is so hard!!), exercise and allow myself some time each day to be mindful, stay in the moment and not let the worries of the past or future get to me.

– I have always been an active person but since having my surgeries and not being allowed, I had to find something that was going to keep my mind and body strong. Core physio and Pilates in Elsternwick has been my saviour. Working on my core strength in a safe environment. I never realised how challenging it can be!

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

– I would try and just fit little bits into each day or even each week if you can. Sometimes even going to the supermarket on your own is soothing! Communicate with your partner that you need sometime out; I think as women we often don’t do this enough. Even half an hour going for a walk or sitting down to have a coffee on your own helps to rejuvenate.

– When I gave birth to my daughter 11 years ago, finding me time was almost impossible. I really struggled leaving her behind both physically and mentally. I couldn’t switch off whilst having a massage, or a coffee with a friend. What would she eat if I wasn’t there? How would she fall asleep without me tickling her back? I remember coming to a time when my husband (in the nicest of ways!) said “I miss the old Romy”. And it hit me. Not allowing myself to find the me time, I was beginning to lose the ‘me’. From that moment on, I have always listened to my mind and body and taken the time out that we all deserve.

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