Although motherhood can be one of the greatest joys, it also requires a lot of time and energy and, unless you have full-time help, caring for your family can make your life hectic. Many mums, especially new mothers and those with multiple children, find it difficult to balance spending quality time with their families and with themselves. Add holding down a full-time job and the odds of you having any free time diminish even more.
No longer is having a cup of coffee and reading the newspaper a simple activity. Shopping for yourself with little ones in tow can be more of a headache than the pleasurable endeavour it used to be. And forget about having an intimate dinner with your spouse or a night out with friends if you are a mummy to younger children, as preparing yourself and your kids for your night out can often be more of a hassle than it’s worth.
Many mums find it hard to achieve the daily beauty rituals that single women take for granted. From applying makeup to doing your hair, making time for basic self-maintenance as a busy mum is virtually impossible. Even small tasks, like remembering to change your Acuvue contact lenses, require a reminder. Most mums on-the-run fail to take care of themselves the way they take care of their families.
Here are a few tips that active mums can use to optimise their spare moments in order to create time for themselves.
Rise Early and Shine
Wake up an hour before your family and engage in a quiet, relaxation exercise like yoga.
Participating in yoga or any type of meditation activity allows you to workout both your mind and body. It also offers you the opportunity for some time to reflect and mentally prepare for your day.
Take a 10-minute Brain Break
Carve a least 10 minutes out of your day to do something that doesn’t require much thinking. Whether it be locking your office door and perusing fashion websites or taking a brisk walk alone, shutting your brain off for a bit is a quick way to de-stress and recharge.
Keep Track of How You Spend Your Time
Keep a journal of how you spend your time and what your most time-consuming activities are. Next, figure out how you can optimise your time in order to free up a few spare moments for yourself.
Use this extra time to partake in a favourite hobby, such as painting, which you couldn’t otherwise engage in. Implore the assistance of your spouse or other family members to pick up the slack for a bit so you can take delight in your free moment.
Create Your Own Calming Bedtime Ritual
Your children have a nighttime routine and so should you. After getting the kids settled and off to bed, you should take the opportunity to wind down yourself. Take a nice, long bath, go for a run, watch a movie, persuade your spouse to give you a massage, or call a friend for a lengthy chat.
No matter how you choose to spend your free time, it’s important that you spend it doing something for yourself or participating in an activity you enjoy and could not relish in otherwise. This will not only benefit you, but it will help you maintain a healthy relationship with your family.
Author bio: Allison Gosling is the proud mother of four, including three-year old twins. When she isn’t chasing after four toddlers, she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, SCUBA diving, and making sushi. Allison resides in London with her husband and four lovely children.