What Time is 'Me Time'!!?
I recently read an article that said according to new research, being a mum is the equivalent of working two and a half full time jobs and that the average mum (there is no such thing as an average mum by the way) works an astounding 98 hours per week, which is double the average working week of 39 hours. Apparently even when mum’s have ‘free time’, they’re still either doing tasks or thinking about tasks, like homework, prepping bottles, making costumes …. World Book Day waits for no one!
That got me thinking, how and when do mum’s make time for ‘me time’? ‘Me time’ is a phrase that gets bandied about a lot, but what can it mean for mother’s? For some, going to the bathroom in peace without your two-year-old banging on the door, or enjoying that glass of wine after the kids have gone to bed is their ‘me time’.
We’re constantly being told to schedule in this elusive ‘me time’ into every day …… but I agree, no matter how big or small, a little time to yourself can refresh and re-energise even the most sleep deprived mum. I’m talking about really taking time out for yourself and can’t stress enough how important it is. Do you feel like you’re always trying to accomplish something and if you take time out, things just won’t get done? As mother’s we put so much pressure on ourselves to be the perfect mum, employee, friend, partner, but sometimes we just need to throw caution to the wind and take time out!
‘Me time’ is good for the soul and is essential for our well-being. In fact, dare I go so far as to say that revelling in some ‘me time’ may actually make you a more resilient mum! It can stop irritability, improve self-esteem, relieve tiredness, create a sense of calm, increase patience and tolerance and even our productivity. There’s the health benefits to consider too. Constantly pushing ourselves without any investment in ‘me time’ may lead to stress, mental and physical fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, weakened immune systems, headaches and gastro problems. We can’t be all things to all people, all the time and when you spend all your time filling other people’s cups, it’s yours that will run empty.
So, my advice is to dive head first in to ‘me time’. I’m not talking full on hedonism, but at the very least, a regular massage session, a good walk, reading that book you’ve been meaning to for ages, arranging a girl’s night out, taking an exercise class, watching trash TV, eating the chocolate, taking a nap, getting a pedicure. Why not kick start your ‘me time’ with scheduling in a rejuvenating and relaxing massage and aromatherapy treatment with Healing Hands for Motherhood. Get back on track and help restore your balance and replenish your mind, body and soul. Lord knows, you deserve it!