As a busy mum, it can be so difficult to find any time for yourself but you really need to reclaim some time for you, even if it’s just 5 minutes here and there, to practice some form of self-care and self-preservation.
You don’t want to burn out and as the saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup. You cannot effectively be there for others if you’re exhausted in every way or feeling frustrated.
I’m absolutely terrible at dashing around during nap-time or any spare time that I get or procrastinating with work/social media so I feel like I’ve achieved nothing for myself.
I decided to make myself a little list of things that I can do in time slots so that I can try to do at least one thing every day to pour back in to my own cup. I’d like to keep adding to it so if you’ve got any ideas of your own please do share them!
- Put fresh sheets on your bed. Hopefully you’ll sleep better when you slide in to them later? I love clean, sweet-scented bedding, don’t you?
- Bust a few yoga moves to ease tension and loosen up.
- Go in the garden with a warm drink and watch the world go by/the clouds.
- Put your favourite song on and dance around the living room.
- Send your partner one of those long, loving texts like you used to when your first got together with all of the emojis and kisses on the end. I bet their reply will brighten up your day immensely!
- Preen and paint your nails. Why not pick up a new Barry M nail paint when you go shopping next?
- Use a face mask and moisturise your skin.
- Write a short entry in a handwritten journal (or if you’re REALLY short on time, try a ‘sentence a day’-style diary).
- Pick some flowers from your garden and arrange them in a vase or glass jar somewhere you’ll see them often and appreciate them.
- Cuddle up on the sofa, stick your headphones in and lose yourself in some of your favourite songs.
- Have a quick tidy up to clear your tables and surfaces to remove clutter and bits/bobs.
- Catch a quick nap/rest your eyes. Studies have shown that naps of between 10-20 minutes are optimum for boosting your energy and avoiding that sluggish feeling.
- Colouring in is said to be relaxing and stress-relieving and you can get themed adult colouring in books to match your interests.
- Have a quick online shopping session (or just a browse if you’re waiting for payday, there’s no harm in window-shopping and planning ahead!)
- Book a holiday, spa session, experience day, gig or something special you can put in your diary and look forward to.
- Sit with a hot cuppa and read a few chapters of your current book.
- Spend some time putting your make-up on nicely or try a new look.
- Ring a friend or family member for a good catch-up chat or write a letter/card to surprise them with.
- Curl your hair or try a new hairstyle (YouTube or A Beautiful Mess are good places to start!)
- Write down any worries and make plans to sort them.
- Get that proud, smug feeling of organisation by sorting out your bureau or bills folder.
- Are you the creative type? Put some music on and bury yourself in your passion whether it be crocheting, knitting, painting, sketching, sewing or anything that you can get lost in (why not look on Pinterest for inspiration if you’re stuck?)
- Start a new boxset on Netflix.
- Take a long bubble bath and treat yourself to ‘the works’. Remember to put your clothes on the radiator so they’re all toasty and warm when you’re finished.
- Blitz a room, de-clutter, weed the garden or do some spring cleaning to refresh your living space.
- Put some easy-watch, trash TV on and tackle your ironing whilst letting your mind wander.
- Switch up a room by moving it around. Think of the positive feng sui and all that jazz.
- Bake yourself something yummy or do some batch cooking to fill up your freezer.
- Do that scrapbooking/baby book filling-in/photo album organising you’ve been putting off.
- Watch your favourite ‘feel good’ film.
What are your favourite ways of looking after yourself and practising self-care?