When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?
I guess “me time” is different for every mum and is always hard to find time for. For the first time in eleven years our home is now child free during the day as our youngest is off to school this year.
I’m fortunate enough to say that I had “Me-time” this morning! My “Me-time” includes going for a run on the treadmill with my headphones in – which I try to do at least once a day or writing and reading when the kids are all asleep. It wasn’t that long ago that “me-time” for me was something as simple as an uninterrupted shower or toilet trip during nap time.
What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?
I try to make sure that I care for my heart and mind first and foremost by trying to remain positive, take steps (even small ones) towards my goals and not let people’s negativity in.
Then comes the body – I try to get a 5km walk/run in every day. Sometimes I have to split it to get it in around the kids. I loooove Pilates and boxing (it’s so good to hit something sometimes) but I do sometimes struggle to make a regular class around the kids, work and the cost. I don’t follow a strict diet, just try to make good decisions and keep the temptations out of the trolley on grocery day!
What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?
If a mama is struggling to create “me-time” I would suggest find the one or two things that REALLY make you happy and give you some joy. Whether it is an exercise class (even a DVD one in your lounge room) of some description, a hobby or nails and hair. Then sometimes you just have to leave the washing for an hour, it’s really ok! The benefits to your body and spirit far out weigh an empty wash basket. A happy you flows through the kids and your home. It does get easier to find “me-time” as the kids get older too, which is what I reminded myself during the years of “crazy”.