Every mum is guilty of not making enough time for herself (myself included). With Mother's Day just around the corner, plan what you'd like to do this week so you don't end up missing the best opportunity for self care without the guilt. After all, that's what Mother's Day is all about, right?
As a business owner and busy mum of 3 kids, I very rarely take time out for myself and honestly it starts to show after a few months when I'm run ragged. So here's my list of easy things I will be scheduling back into my week to help recharge and fill up my cup, including for Mother's Day. You’ll quickly notice the list does not include ‘sleep in’, as that is not very realistic now is it.
I hope there is something on the list to help you feel motivated to plan a little activity time out just for you this Mother's Day, even if it's just for 10 minutes.
1. Sitting on the deck in the sunshine.
Believe me when I tell you - I NEVER DO THIS ENOUGH! Sunshine makes such a different to my mood and well being as it lifts your serotonin levels. It even helps you sleep better. Just 10 minutes sitting on your deck or front porch, or your local park will do wonders.
2. Listen to a new podcast.
So I’m one of those people who enjoys listening to podcasts, but gets so overwhelmed with how many there are to choose from that I don’t end up listening to any. So, I messaged a couple of girlfriends over the weekend and asked them what they’re listening to that they are enjoying. You’re friends for a reason so surely you’ll like something they also like listening to. Instant podcast shortlist!
3. Get your nails done
Okay, this one is a bigger time and moment commitment. As a serial nail biter (due to issues I could start another entire blog about!) I only visit the nail salon a couple of times a year. But, when my nail are pretty I get such a boost of confidence. So I’ve booked my appointment for a basic no frills manicure this Mother’s Day. I figure it’s a nice occasion to splurge on myself.
4. Moisturise your entire body
We all have tubes and tubs of nice moisturisers we have got last Christmas as gifts but haven’t opened. Why, cause who can be bothered slathering themselves with moisturiser after looking after the kids, working all day and flopping into bed after 9pm. But you know what, I’m going to set myself a little goal of doing this for a few minutes at the end of a long week.
5. Go somewhere quiet
There’s nothing worse than the never ending demands or babies and young children (or grown men that shall not be named). Sometimes, I can’t stand the noise any longer and just need some peace and quiet. Take yourself down the street to a quiet cafe, local park or in the garden. Anywhere you can escape the noise. Enjoy the serenity, or use the quiet time to catch up on some reading, knitting or simply an uninterrupted coffee.
6. Do something active to move your body
It could be a pleasant walk around the block, or a bike ride or a nearby trail. For me, I’ve discovered jump rope workouts on Tik Tok and am keen to dust off my rope and see how I go at doing 1,000 jumps. Sounds awful, but I loved the skipping rope as a kid so I am super keen to give it a go again. I simply haven’t made the time yet.
7. Light a candle
I know many people enjoy the scents of a burning candle on the weekends, especially after cleaning the house to improve their mood as well as create a lovely ambience at home. I used to only reserve this for special occasions, but I think I’m going to make this a regular thing. Not sure what scent? The smell of citrus fruits like lemons, oranges, and grapefruit help to calm us down when we feel angry or anxious and give us a boost of energy.