When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?
I had a massage, that my girlfriend Lizzie had given me for my birthday the year before. As is typical with me the voucher had expired and then it forced me to call and get an extension which made me surrender and use the voucher. It was 90 minutes of total and utter serenity, except for my snoring!
What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?
I love a massage or a manicure or a long lunch with girlfriends or even brekkie by myself at a cafe. I would say though my absolute most favourite way to recharge is on the couch with a pile of magazines or curled up in bed with a book. I find that time slows right down and it feels like so much more me-time than it actually is.
What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”?
Try, try and try again. We always give to everyone else first and so it’s hard. I fail constantly. Sometimes i get to boiling point before I do it, and then I just remind myself to not let that happen again, but most of all, I don’t punish myself for not getting enough me time. I’m doing my best and that’s all I can do.
How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?
I don’t make time unless it’s with someone else, and then it’s in the diary. But curled up with magazines or a book – they are stolen moments, when fortune collides with an empty house and I look around and think “OMG. There is no one here, and no one wants anything from me.” At that moment the challenge is to enjoy the opportunity and not fall into the habit of chores, and thinking “great, i’ll just tidy up the Tupperware cupboard for the next four hours!”