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

Last Friday when I decided to take a day off work for me. After dropping the kids at school I went to yoga and made friends with my mat, did the food shopping slowly and then had a 90minute acupuncture session before school pick up. Total bliss with not rushing anywhere and just doing the two things that put serious energy back into my tank. This really makes me happy, gets rid of any resentment and I feel back in touch with me as a person. My own energy level and tank is first and foremost after going through Chronic Fatigue Syndrome just before I had children.

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

Daily rituals for me that are non negotiable are exercise (walk, weights, yoga or stretching), breathing with the dog in my pod chair where I spend 15 minutes just sitting still, breathing, meditating (the dog loves it) and lastly I write down in my gratitude journal each night the three things I am grateful for that day, which puts my frame of mind in a positive state before sleep. I have been doing this basically since the kids were born and always asked my husband to support these non negotiables as it was critical for me to be happy.

Every month I make sure I have a girls night and one date night with my husband (where we are not allowed to talk about the kids!) These are non negotiables for me, to keep me happy and grounded in the chaos of running a business, the house, being a taxi to my kids and being a socially engaged person with our friends. 

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

Use the diary and take control back of some ME TIME. Get back into the drivers seat of life by communicating well. No one is going to look after you, and you are the asset. So you need to get clear about what you need to do to carve out the smallest amount of me time. Even if it is 30 minutes a day. Often just asking for help, delegating more, we can free up some space and book in some wonderful time with ourselves. It is precious and it is essential for our mental and physical health. Protect the Asset!

Shannah is an Executive life strategist and Author of 3 books – Simplify Structure Succeed, The Life Plan and the recently released Chaos to Calm. For more from Shannah you can visit her website here

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