When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?
I actually try and carve out some ‘me-time’ every single day. I think as mothers and as females we tend to naturally put everything and everyone ahead of our own wants and needs, for so long I had fallen into a slump where my own ‘me-time’ was almost completely non-existent. I was stressed, overwhelmed, easily frustrated and even sometimes angry solely because I hadn’t given myself any attention in so long. Right now the majority of my ‘me-time’ is spent at the gym, which no matter how good or bad my workout is, gives me the strength and energy to tackle the rest of the day. Regardless of my mood going into the gym, I always leave feeling more confident, less stressed and a lot happier.
What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?
My favorite way to practice self-care is working out but moreover to really listen to your body. If you’ve been feeling exhausted and stressed for a few days, try and make time for a bath or even a longer hot shower. Head to bed earlier and zone out with a good book or magazine. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, make a list of things you want to get done and prioritize what’s most important and try to accomplish those tasks throughout the week. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed I feel almost paralyzed and unable to move forward with my to-do list, but if I’ve found if I prioritize and give myself 2-3 things per day to tackle, I feel a lot better and am more motivated to get things done.
What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?
My advice is to delegate. I’m a perfectionist ergo somewhat of a control freak, so I have a hard time letting people help me and letting things go. My husband is kind of the opposite and doesn’t let the small things get to him, so he’s really helped me realize life will go on if things aren’t perfect. Also, just as I’ve made it a priority to schedule date nights with my husband, I’ve also made it a priority to have date nights with myself. Whether that be one night a month when our daughter goes to bed early to take a long relaxing bath or try and finish up work early when she’s still at school and go get a nice mani-pedi. I’ve found that even the littlest things can help boost my mood.