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This month’s blog theme is self care. Since having a baby I’ve struggled to find time for this, so I’m making sure I get a chance to do things that relax me, challenge me and make me happy. This month I’ll be sharing several posts with this theme so stay tuned. I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you find time away from your busy schedule (whether you’re busy being a parent, having a demanding job or something else), and what you do to relax and recharge. Leave a comment below to give us all some #septemberselfcare inspiration!!!”"
I’ll be posting about skincare, makeup, mental health, hobbies, relaxing, recharging, everything self care related!
Whether you’re a parent or not, we all need a break from our busy lives once in a while. Having a demanding full time job, such as being a stay at home parent to a young child, is exhausting and often unrelenting. There isn’t always time to pop out for a walk or a coffee, sit and read a book or magazine (by which I mean piss about on Facebook and Instagram) or go for a nice long run like I used to in my pre baby days. So it’s about finding the odd 5 minutes of peace, sometimes an hour if you’re lucky.
Ozzy has 2 naps a day. On days where we are staying in all day (usually twice a week) I really make the most of these naps. Days we have plans are hectic and a different story, but we won’t think about that now. I use the first nap break for me. I have a coffee and make myself a proper breakfast. I listen to a podcast or watch morning television. I sometimes put on a facemask, paint my nails or occasionally sneak off to bed for a nap myself. It feels good to do something, whatever I feel like, and not have to worry about racing about being productive. It gives me a much better outlook to continue with the day.
During the afternoon nap, I’m hyper productive. I make dinner for all of us, tidy the house and sort the washing out. If there’s time left over I make sure I sit down and catch up on outstanding work, blogging or life admin. It’s sometimes boring but I get it done.
Splitting my ‘free’ time into 2 is working well for me, because I can look forward to my morning headspace but still end the day knowing I’ve accomplished what I need to.
There are also rare occasions where I do something special, but childcare is always needed for that. I’m lucky to have a brilliant husband who generally gets up early in the morning with Ozzy at the weekend so I can have a lie in. There have also been occasions where I go out for a proper break. Last month I went to Betty’s Tea Room with some friends. We left the babies behind and we drank champagne. It was lovely to be waited on and to talk about something other than nappies. I came back feeling recharged, and Ozzy and Tom had a lovely time together in the park.
It doesn’t need to be an afternoon tea or a trip to the spa, but even if you can find 5 minutes to sit alone in the shower and drink a hot cup of tea during naptime, you’ve made a start! Not a parent, but busy all evening with work emails? Switch your laptop off for 5 minutes and sit in a quiet spot with a cup of tea and a biscuit – it’s all about self care this September! How will you find your time for a break, and what will you do? Let me know in the comments so we can share ideas on how to take a break!