If you’re a busy, working Mum like me, then you probably find that you’re often the one at the bottom of the pile when it comes to taking time for your personal wellbeing. Us Mums tend to rush about making sure that our children and our partners are happy, have everything they need and are well fed and generally taken care of. But what about us? What happens if we don’t take some time out to take care of ourselves?
Why you need to make time for you
I get it. You’re constantly running around juggling work, children’s activities, shopping, housework, etc. etc. It’s not hard to see how taking care of yourself has slipped right down your list of priorities.
But, by not taking care of yourself, you’re not doing anybody any favours.
Think about what happens when you’re poorly. It’s not just you who suffers. When you’re poorly or run down, you can’t do anything to the best of your ability. That means you’re not 100% there for your children, for your job, for your partner, or most importantly, for yourself.
Time for you
We all need some down time. But how we use that down time and make the most of it will vary massively from person to person.
Think about the kinds of things that you do to relax. Here are a few ideas that might help:
- Read a book
Letting yourself indulge in a book is a great way to let your mind and body relax and forget about all the hassles and the worries of day to day life. Take some time to curl up on the sofa with a hot drink and the latest best seller and let your mind get lost in the pages.
- Light a candle
This is so simple, but lighting a candle can make a huge difference to the atmosphere in a room. If you’re a fan of scented candles, then choose a relaxing fragrance that will help you to unwind at the end of a busy day.
- Take a luxurious bath
A long soak in a bubbly bath is a really popular way to unwind for many busy Mums. Treat yourself to some extra special bubbles or a luxury bath bomb, lock the door, light some candles and just relax.
- Go for a walk
Fresh air and exercise are well known for their many health benefits. Taking some time to enjoy a walk is a great way to unwind and rejuvenate.
- Retail therapy
This one isn’t for everyone. But if the hustle and bustle of the shops is like a kind of therapy for you, then dedicate some time to doing a little window shopping. Rope a friend in for the ride and make a day of it.
- Eat some chocolate
If you’re watching your waist line, then you might want to skip this one, but chocolate is well known for boosting your mood. Choose chocolate you can really luxuriate over and it will feel like an extra special treat.
Taking a little time out of your busy week just to make some time for you is really important. Why not pick just one of these suggestions this week and see how much better you feel?