Let’s face it, as mums we get very little me-time. Between wiping snotty noses, breaking up arguments and battling with homework (and of course, all the lovely bits in-between!), there’s very little time or energy reserved for us. And parenting is bloody hard!
I never realised the importance of ‘me-time’ until I was about 3 years into motherhood. I slowly found myself losing all patience with my two boys, my energy was low and bath-time squabbles made me want to sob. I just wasn’t myself.
I was talking to a friend about how I felt and she asked me what I do for me-time – to re-charge my batteries. And the answer was ‘nothing!’ That’s when I realised that this could be part of the problem.
As mums, we’re programmed to feel that wanting or having any me-time is selfish. We feel guilty for wanting to prioritise ourselves. But guess what mama – if you’re running on low, then you can’t be giving your best – and something’s got to give.
Self-care – making time for yourself – is important. I’m not talking about regular spa days (oh to have the time..!), but just taking 15 minutes each day to do something for you. Read a book, keep up with the Kardashians, or sit in the garden with a hot (uninterrupted) cuppa. Whatever floats your boat. But the point is to just focus on you for that moment. Restore the balance.
Me Time for Mama is a positive digital space for all mums – to share the highs and lows of parenting and to look at ways in which you can steal a little (vital) me-time for you each day.