When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?
I have me-time daily. It may not be the get away to the spa or girls night me-time that you would equate with that term, but I see it as doing something only for me that brings me joy and fills me up. One thing that I do almost nightly is read before bed. And not a business or growth book, a book that entertains me. Sometimes a memoir, sometimes a fiction. Reading is something I have always loved and something I thought I would not get to do for years as a mother. But, it is one of my favorite things to do so I made it a part of my routine. I also will do at least one epsom salt bath with a lighted candle each week.
But, if we are talking leave the house me-time, I was away this weekend doing a show with my Your Joyologist product line and I spent the mornings walking to have breakfast by myself and journaling while I was out. That is something I will do at home too for a little get away me time. Go to a local cafe with my journal.
What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?
Epsom salt bath! Yoga! I love to practice with yogaglo at home. And really just taking great care of myself daily. Eating nourishing, delicious foods, getting out into nature, moving my body even for just 20 minutes a day. And most importantly keeping my mind clear of doubts, guilts and those ugly shoulds!
What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?
Think small. I think that it is easy for us to think of it having to be as a few hours away which feels harder to make happen. Yes, a few hours away is amazing and necessary but little bits count too and make a huge difference! Ask yourself what lights you up? What reminds you of who you are? What was one of your favorite ways to relax before you had kids? Find somethings that you can easily add into your week. Even if you start with taking a 15 minute solo walk every night when your partner gets home from work or once the kids are asleep. Think small and it will be much easier to make it happen and then create space for even more me-time to be a natural part of your life.
For me, I know that I don’t operate as well without these self-care, me time habits. I know that my daughter, partner, clients, everyone gets a better version of me, when I am taking care of me and making time for me….So, really you taking me-time benefits everyone else!