When you are a mummy, you know first-hand how busy and hectic your schedule can be as you are trying to juggle up multiple things at once throughout the day--your work, your kids, your chores, your husband, and the list goes on. While it is important to fulfill your duties and roles as a mum, worker, and wife, it is just as important to find some time for yourself. You owe to yourself some quality carefree time to relax and recharge your batteries for the next busy day. Here are some tips to take good care of yourself when you are a busy mum.
• Spare at least 15 minutes daily to meditate or get active without exhausting yourself. Experts agree that even 15 minutes of mild activities and exercising are enough to ease daily stress and energize our systems. Since you most probably don’t have much time to spend on the gym or exercising on your own, make it a daily habit to meditate for 15-20 minutes (if you just want to relax) or go jogging or running around the corner or any mild activity you like doing in your spare time.
• Visit a day spa or have your own DIY spa/pampering night at home. Every woman needs some pampering regardless of her age--and especially if she is a busy and stressed out mum. It would be more luxurious and VIP, of course, to spend a few hours on a spa and have a massage and a facial, but if you don’t have the time or money to do this, you can go DIY as well. Just fill your bathtub with lukewarm water, add your favorite bubble bath soap and salts, and give yourself a mini facial by exfoliating your skin with a scrub and then applying your favorite mask. Some good masks that are good for all skin types: are honey and lemon mask, oatmeal mask, black charcoal mask, and pink clay masks. Don’t forget your moisturizer--you want to wake up next morning looking refreshed and radiant.
• Read a book or do that puzzle you always wanted to finish. If you wish to exercise your brain while taking some time off of your daily worries, you can simply read a book that encourages deep thinking e.g Les Miserables, Philosophical Investigations, or The Willpower Instinct. Or even get a puzzle for adults with hundreds of small pieces and take a few minutes per week to complete it in small parts. These make great activities to exercise your brain while taking your mind off daily worries.
4.Go for a drink with your friends. When you are a busy mum, it’s easy to lose touch with your old friends, especially if they have their own families and jobs too. But regardless of how busy your daily or weekly schedule is, there is always a bit of time for catching up with your old friends. You don’t need to host an entire dinner party at your place to connect with them. Just a couple of hours at a cafe or bar for drinks are enough to renew the bonds between you.
5. Join a local mum’s club in your community. There are several mum’s clubs in the UK and abroad in major areas you e.g London or Manchester you can join that are suited for several types of Mums e.g entrepreneur mums, single mums, multiple child mums, etc. Check the website: https://mumsmeetup.com/ for more info and to find a mums meetup club near you. This makes a great opportunity to meet other mums and exchange valuable info on parenting and personal life tips, especially if you’ve lost in touch with your previous friends for any reason.
" Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world." Lucille Ball