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

I try to have some “me-time” once a week and that usually involves having some hot (not reheated) coffee and a little pampering or conversation with someone other than my toddler. Today, my husband got up with the boys so I could not only sleep in and take a shower, alone, but also blow dry my hair after – it was much needed and appreciated time to myself. Feeling put together is an instant mood booster.

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

I actually really enjoy doing little projects around the house. Since becoming a mom, it’s a lot harder to finish tasks I’ve started, so finding the time to cross them off my to-do list is very rewarding. I’m also a bit of a shopaholic so a quick trip to the mall always proves to be therapeutic.

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

I honestly believe “me-time” is essential in any form and helps you to be a happier, healthier and more patient parent. My husband and I try to have a “date night” once a week to reconnect but if you aren’t able to get out of the house – using your time wisely is key. When the kids are napping or after they have gone bed, that’s the time to let the laundry wait and instead do something for yourself – even if that means just sitting in silence and catching your breath. Being a mom is the most amazing job in the world, but it’s also one of the hardest and I think it’s absolutely ok to admit that.

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