How to make the most of small ‘me time’ moments
Do you often feel like you’ve been on your feet all day? Do you dream about drinking a cup of coffee while it’s still warm or relaxing in a bubble bath that’s not overrun with toddlers? Maybe your ‘me time’ has turned into ‘Mum-me time’? Well, you are not alone. According to a recent study, busy UK mums have just 17 minutes a day to spend on themselves. Barely enough time put the kids toys away let alone run a bath and pour a glass of Chardonnay!
It’s vital to your mental and physical health to step off that treadmill and prioritise yourself. We all need to give ourselves a break and take time out to relax.
“If you are the engine room of the family it’s important to nurture yourself,” says Lorraine Thomas, Chief Executive of the Parent Coaching Academy. “It’s a not a luxury, it’s a must which you shouldn’t feel guilty about.”
“Mums especially are good at shuffling themselves to the bottom of the pack and naturally looking after family and friends before themselves.”
Here are some useful ways to help you de-stress, recharge your batteries and enjoy a spot of ‘me time’.
- Put on your favourite music
It’s time to eject the Disney CD and put on something you love instead. Don’t forget to sing along. It’s all about letting yourself go – at least for a few minutes.
- Head outdoors
Go out for a walk and fill your lungs full of fresh air. It’s a great way to de-stress and clear your mind. It doesn’t have to be a marathon – even a five minute stroll will help you relax.
- Capture your thoughts
Writing down how you feel is a cathartic way to relieve any frustrations, plus it can help you feel more positive about what you’ve achieved.
- Reduce the caffeine
It’s second nature to reach for a coffee when you’re under the closh, but coffee can actually intensify the feeling of being stressed and make you feel restless. Instead choose a rehydrating glass of water or smoothie to help clear you mind.
- Be creative
Take time to indulge your creative side. Whether a spot of flower arranging is your thing or you fancy a go at card making, do something that inspires you and enjoy the rewards.
- Reconnect with friends
A quick text is great most of the time, but many of us would love to catch up with friends properly. Take a few minutes out to write a chatty letter to a good friend – then think of the lovely surprise she’ll get when it comes through her letterbox.
- Focus on your feet
Busy mums are always on their feet, so it’s time to give them (and you) a break. Pamper your feet with gentle soak, a fabulous foot scrub and some sumptuous moisturising lotion.
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