When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?
I had me-time yesterday when I went shopping, but not for groceries, just floating about 🙂 it was amazing ha ha.
I try fit in me-time every day, to be honest, whether it’s a 15 minute coffee break or a full blown whole day (which happens a lot less these days than I’d like). Some weeks I get a half a day, but it doesn’t happen accidentally, I try to lock in those times deliberately otherwise it will never happen. Sometimes I feel bad because I get home to a crappy house when that day the cleaning fairy didn’t come, but it’s mandatory for me to stay sane. I like to op shop or go to my favourite cafe, lock myself in my art room to paint, most tiles, or binge watch a tv series haha.
What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?
It’s hard because I work in the field of beauty and I think it’s easy to get trapped inside the world of self-care being getting your hair done, nails or a blow wave once a week, or some sort of beauty regime and for some women that probably does work. For me personally, self care always means taking care of my soul whether that means prayer, meditation, going to church, painting. Self care is definitely something that’s very important to me. What I love the most about it is that I can do it anywhere. Even when I’m away I try to take moments where I sit and pray to God and meditate about how grateful I am about the life that I have. That keeps me grounded and keeps things in perspective especially in a world where sometimes the littlest things can really do our heads in. I find it’s the only way I can keep my mind healthy.
What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?
I guess I sort of answered this in my last answer 🙂 “me time” has to be something that you do on purpose otherwise each day flows into the next and before you know it you’ve done nothing for yourself. It’s important to have a hobby or find something that requires no “work”. I find that having a hobby forces you to commit to those timeframes whether that is working out, going for a walk, dance class or a craft.
My husband and I are used to have Thursday nights free. We would alternate and go out with a friend or just even by ourselves. Sometimes I’d go see a movie by myself or catch up with a girlfriend and then the following week he would go out and do the same thing. It’s important to have a life outside of family and housework. I only have two children and so it’s pretty easy for us – I’d imagine this would be hard with more kids.