Mums often put everyone else in the family ahead of themselves on the to-do list of life. Most of us feel like we just don’t have time to do the things that we enjoy, the things that make us feel human again and the idea of “me time” can be a pretty mythical and farfetched concept!
Not only is it okay to prioritise yourself – it’s essential! Unless you take breaks to recharge your batteries and refill your cup, you may find yourself burning out. Don’t think of it as self-indulgent, think of it as self-preservation!
So many of us haven’t had ‘me time’ for so long, we’re not actually sure what to do with ourselves once we do! So we’ve put together 8 Mama ‘me time’ ideas and some tips on how to actually stick to them!
- Unplug – Ignore your phone, don’t respond to texts or answer calls, and definitely don’t check your emails!
- Reconnect – Get in touch with an old friend, have a totally uninterrupted phone conversation, or even take your Mum out for lunch. She probably needs a break too!
- Less screen time – Although it’s tempting to flop onto the couch and scroll through social media or watch mindless TV, this won’t have you feeling refreshed or revitalised. Switch it off and find something that doesn’t involve a screen like listening to music, drawing or writing, meditating, or best of all… having a nap.
- Pamper yourself – Whether it’s a mani-pedi, getting a haircut, having a bath, or kicking back at home with a face-mask on – pampering yourself is one of the best ways to make you feel like a new woman!!
- Exercise – Even if you feel exhausted, moving your body is a great way to get those endorphins pumping. If going to the gym for a workout isn’t your thing, try some yoga at home or go for a walk to stretch your legs.
- Read – Grab a magazine and actually read it cover to cover, or pick up that book that has been gathering dust on your bedside table for months.
- Plan it out – Mark your time in big letters on your family calendar or set reminders on your phone. Buddy up with another Mum and swap babysitting time so you can help each other out. Wake up 15 minutes earlier each day to factor it into your routine – or tell hubby (or the in-laws) that it’s their turn to look after the kids! However you do it, set your time aside and stick to it!
- Create your own ideas! – Take 10 minutes to write down a list of things you’ve been longing to do, or things you really miss about your lifestyle pre-motherhood! Challenge yourself to do at least 2 of those activities each week and tick them off as you do it.
It may seem like an impossible task – who will fold the laundry?! – but try and find at LEAST one hour each week for some me time. It will make you a happier, healthier and better mum, wife and friend.
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