Finding some time for ME is hard for Mums. There are so many other duties and responsibilities that demand our time and attention, that finding time to recharge our batteries goes further and further down the list.
In order to be the best Mums we can be, it is important to schedule some ME time. In order to make sure you get this time, write it into your diary and make sure you make this appointment with yourself.
ME time is different for different people. It could be:
going for a coffee with friends
having a relaxing bath
spending time at a class
doing a hobby such as craft or sport
reading a book
getting your hair cut or your nails done
There is no right or wrong answer when someone asks what you do for yourself, it can also vary from day to day, and may also change as your children get older. It will also vary depending on your circumstances.
For me, one thing I enjoy is reading a book and we are regular visitors to our local library so I can find new stories to read. I also make sure my kids are in bed well before I go to sleep so I can have some quiet time to recharge after a busy day.
I make sure I put time in my diary for time just for me. What this time is used for varies, however right now, much of my time is spent reading and writing.
Do you put ME time in your diary? What do you like to do to recharge your batteries?
I don’t have a lot of time for me. There is a lot going on and, like most mothers, I don’t always put my own needs first.
A few weeks ago, I had the house to myself. For some strange reason, the bath beckoned.
For Christmas, I was given some really nice bath & body wash. I dug it out of the cupboard and squirted it in the bath while the hot water ran.
Pinching the CD player out of my kids bedroom, I put on a CD of MY music, something relaxing, and picked up the trashy novel I had borrowed from the library.
I spent a relaxing hour in the bath with my music and a romance novel… Bliss.
Since then, I have had a bath a few times, not all have been as long as that first one, but they are still relaxing. I haven’t bothered with candles or anything like that, mostly because the muted lighting makes it harder to read. For me, it’s the complete bliss of uninterrupted reading time, and reading something I don’t have to read.
A bath isn’t for everyone, and we don’t always have time or space for this much time for ourselves. The important thing is that we make time – no matter how busy we are… Having a bath is an occasional pampering time for me. What’s yours?
Doing a few posts this week to make up for no posts for 2 weeks!
Last weekend, my boys were at their Dads, so I had some time to myself. When I got my job earlier in the year, a friend took me out to celebrate and we got our hair done & I had a manicure & pedicure in one of those shops that have been popping up everywhere in the shopping centres. It was an amazingly relaxing experience.
So, on Saturday, I headed down the street to a new salon that had opened up to get my nails done. I was able to relax in their massage chair while the ladies massaged my hands and feet, and generally got some pampering. It was fantastic.
My heels are still lovely and soft and my nails a gorgeous shade of purple. One of the things I love is the nailpolish stays on for weeeks, not days (or hours) like it does when I paint them myself.
I keep thinking I should do this more often, and still think I should do that. Wish me luck remembering!
Every Mum needs to take time out for herself, in whatever way she finds relaxing.