Self-care is uber important for everyone, but I have to say especially for mums.
We are working 24/7. There are no sick days, public holidays, annual leave or mental health days available in this job. But we wouldn't have it any other way, would we?
Saying all that, to help us get through in a good frame of mind, self-care time is a must and something that should be on your priority list every single day. Even 5-10 minutes a day is better than nothing - so schedule it into your day.
If you have been following my work for a while, you may have noticed that I harp on about this topic a lot. I am passionate about it and really want to inspire other mum's to invest that time in themselves so they can be the best mum and woman they can be. Mothering is a tough gig, so if you can make it a little bit easier on yourself, why wouldn't you.
I shared the above photo on Instagram a week ago, and it really resonated with some of you. It is a photo of me having some self-care time while Baby S plays on the floor.
Some days I am able to get a good two hours to myself because both girls have a nap at the same time, but some other days I have at least one of them with me. So self-care needs to look a little different on those days, but I don't skip it.
The point is that self-care needs to morph day to day, to fit in with how your day plays out. Like I said, some days you may have a whole two hours to yourself reading, journaling, meditating, watching Netflix, listening to music, exercising, having a bath...whatever self-care looks like for you. And on other days it may be having a hot cup of tea, flicking through a magazine while your baby is playing next to you.
Don't get too caught up in the what I should be doing, and make it work for you. As long as you get the end result, which is feeling a little refreshed or clearer in the mind because you have had a break or just a moment to you.
The moments that these times pop up can be few and far between, but grab them with two hands and invest time in YOU. The housework can wait until later when you can get your toddler to help you unload the dishwasher or take clothes of the clothes horse (yes, Miss A loves helping me with chores and I welcome the help). No it isn't child labour, they actually love to help with domestic chores.
And remember self-care time can be whatever it is for you. Don't worry about what others are doing, just do what lights you up and makes you feel good.
So tell me, what does self-care time look like for you? Let me know in the comments below.
Be happy & healthy,