As you all know I love my downtime and when I read this post from my good friend Sarah Poppy over at Working Mums Collective – I just had to share it with you. Downtime and ‘me time’ is a concept I feel strongly about and believe every single one of you should take the time to concentrate on yourself. Sarah’s blog is focused around working mums, however, this post I believe every one can relate to and should adapt the concept.
‘Me time’ is not a new concept and it is certainly something that is not just important for working mums, it is important for everyone.
We all lead such busy lives and it is easy to get stuck in a rut of everyday routines and leave out activities that we enjoy.
Scheduling in ‘me time’ not only allows us to get involved activities that we enjoy, it is also good for our mental health.
‘Me time’ can be anything from finding time to exercise, read a book, have a cup of tea in peace, watch your favourite TV show, have a bath or listen to music.
Quite often mums put themselves last. They put the needs of everyone in their family before them.
I am guilty of this. After having my son, I definitely put myself last. But now that I make time for me I feel so much better and feel like I am a much better mum to my children. I know that when I take care of myself, I am a better partner, mother and a better person in general.
As a mum there is so much to juggle and when you work, there is even less time for yourself.
Here are some tips for working mums to incorporate ‘me-time’ into our day:
- Plan ‘me time’ into your day, if you don’t, it won’t happen.
- Make it a non-negotiable on your daily to-do list so that it doesn’t get left out.
- Treat yourself every now and then – get a facial, pedicure or massage.
- Listen to your favourite songs and sing your heart out on the way to or from work.
- Make a regular appointment to do what you love the most.
- Keep a list of all the ‘me time’ activities you enjoy and you will be more likely to incorporate them into your week.
- Pick your kids up later once a week so you can go for a run, get to the gym, enjoy a latte at a café, do a spot of shopping or whatever it is that you enjoy doing.
- Take some time to think about what you are thankful for. Take this time to express gratitude for it.
- Spend some time outside and appreciate the beauty of nature.
- Schedule in some quiet time, just 15 minutes, even if it is at the start of the day before your kids wake up to think or plan the day – sometimes planning ahead is the key to getting things done.
Author | Sarah Poppy | Working Mums Collective
Working Mums Collective is a place for working mums to connect, share stories and advice, celebrate successes and really support and empower each other. There are a lot of resources out there on the World Wide Web but Sarah found that she is still searching for a community, a cheer squad, a group of like-minded working mums to pump each other up and lift us up when we may be doubting our choices. So, working mums collective was born to be that cheer squad. If you are looking for a group to lift you up, support you, encourage you and have your best interests at heart then Working Mums Collective is a MUST!