By Natalie Bascur
Mama, you are a multi-tasking and multi-talented wonder woman… from juggling small children, trying to start a business, maintaining friendships and spending time with your partner, I’m guessing you never find time for yourself. And let me tell you, you’re not alone.
If your idea of ‘me time’ is being able to pee alone, then you really need to read on.
In order to live your best life and be the best mama you can be, squeeze in at least 30 mins of mama ‘me time’ every day (yes, every day!)
Tip: Put your phone on silent for the half hour ‘me time’ slots so you’re not distracted by notifications and alerts – spending half an hour looking at your phone can feel like only five minutes have passed.
OUR FAVOURITE WAYS TO SPEND #TIMEOUT
1 // GET OUTDOORS
Turn up the beats and go for a walk outdoors. The combo of fresh air, cool tunes and sun will give you the boost of energy that you need.
2 // TREAT YOURSELF
Get a magazine subscription and read your fav mag (*cough* Mama Disrupt!) while you indulge in your ultimate treat – think wine, cheese, chocolate…
3 // ENJOY YOUR OWN COMPANY
Head to your local for breakfast and sit down to a meal with only yourself and the paper as company, or go to the movies on your own and eat all of the popcorn without needing to share!
4 // MAKE TIME
Wake up half an hour earlier and treat yourself to breakfast in bed or go for a dip in the ocean or pool. Or if you’re a night owl, stay up half an hour after everyone else has gone to sleep and soak in a hot bubble bath with a sheet mask on. Bliss.
5 // MEDITATE
Try yoga or meditation to really take your stress levels down a notch. Even just listening to relaxing music with the door locked and your eyes closed can be beneficial.
6 // LET YOUR CREATIVE JUICES FLOW
Is there a painting class or ceramics workshop you’ve had your eye on but never had the time? Perhaps a cooking class is more your style. Anything you generally put on the backburner because of a lack of time can be incorporated into your mama ‘me time’.
7 // JOIN A TEAM
If you’re more of an extrovert who only gets energised surrounded by others, find a sports team to join.
8 // TAKE A NAP
Never underestimate the pleasure of a good power nap. Sometimes on crazy weeks the best mama ‘me time’ can be simply having the chance to rest without interruption. Sounds like pure heaven.