When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?
Well, since all three of our boys are now in school, it is much easier to create some time for myself. So I have a little time for myself daily. That can be a bath, or just reading a magazine or book, or taking some pictures.
A moment I enjoy every day is my morning coffee, which I make with care.
The more special moments are when I go out to have a massage, or do some yoga, or when I visit my sister or sweet friends, just to talk and be with them.
The most precious moments are the mornings when I go out for a coffee with my husband, to have some special time for each other and to talk without being interrupted – which is not so easy to have in our hectic family life. I enjoy these moments a lot, and it makes me feel very calm – being together and knowing each others thoughts and feelings.
What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?
I think taking care of your body and listening to its signs are very important. For me it sure is. To feel good and fit I go to bed on time. I don’t drink a lot. I don’t eat sugar regularly, only occasionally when celebrating a birthday for example, and I eat mostly organic food. When I am not feeling well I always try to feel better by using homeopathic supplements or herbs. I don’t visit a regular doctor very often, but I go to a homeopath every three months. Practicing yoga is a way to be more calm and in my body, instead of in my head. So that is also a good thing for me to do.
What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?
In a busy family it can be hard to find a moment for yourself. But I think it is important to do what you really love to do. That is what gives you energy and inspiration. It can be just a short moment. Even ten minutes can be valuable. For example when your children are playing together, or in bed, or maybe when they are watching a movie or something. When I had my first boy I would feel a bit guilty about that, but now I can see that it is better for all of us. But when it’s hard to find these moments it can help to create these moments yourself, and ask someone to take your children to a playground for an hour, or have a babysitter I you feel like that, and enjoy a moment to do something you really like.