Time for Me – for moms these words are like manna from heaven or the holy grail or something equally precious and rare!! The sad truth is they just don’t happen very often (or at all!) for busy mamas…
Whether you’re a mom of a 1-month-old, a 21-month-old or a 21-year-old you’ll appreciate the idea of Me Time even if you don’t get to experience it all that often for yourself! Fortunately I’m here to share some good news for those of you stuck in the trenches… it does get better, eventually!
You see, I’m in what is quite possibly the “sweet spot” of parenting, and boy you better believe I’m appreciating it! The time between ages 5 and 10 is probably one of the “easier” times when it comes to raising kids… they’re able to walk, talk, swim, dress themselves, feed themselves and fasten their own seatbelts… not to mention that if you’ve done the discipline thing right up front, you can start to ease off on the accelerator and enjoy the ride…. until you hit puberty with all its hormones and hassles and have to hit the handbrake!
What this “sweet spot” means is that I’m far more able to sneak in more spots of Me Time than ever before. When I was a new mom (and for 5 years thereafter) the idea of lying on my bed reading a book in the afternoon sunshine was as far removed as my winning an Oscar for Best Actress or climbing Mount Everest…. It was never going to happen! But these days I find I can sneak in a few pages, uninterrupted (if I can just ignore my inbox and blog long enough of course!)
Nowadays I can also get out and enjoy Me Time far more often than before thanks to a husband who realises the benefits of my Me Time… for himself e.g. happy wife = happy life! Occasionally I browse the aisles of Woolies on my ace or spend a half hour enjoying my red steamer at Seattle in the quiet company of a coffee shop of strangers… but still the time available for Me Time is few and far between…
One way I’ve discovered to incorporate more Me Time into my life is by getting away from the routine of life and escaping to the country for a weekend break or longer holiday. Obviously this generally means my husband and family come too, but the beauty of their age is that they are quite happy to entertain themselves for stretches of time, especially if there are other kids to keep them happy, leaving me with time alone where I am able to enjoy the serenity of nature all around me.
The beauty of taking time for Me – whether at the local shopping mall or out in a naturally beautiful wilderness spot, is that just a few minutes alone allows me to restore my spiritual, mental and physical energy and leave me far more able to meet the demands of my busy life…
But the truth is that you don’t need to travel far and wide to carve out Me Time, sometimes all it takes is sitting down to paint your nails or running a hot bath with a few drops of essential oils to create a special spa experience at home… just move the bath toys out of sight!!
It can even be as simple as investing a few minutes a day in a pampering skin or body routine. I have been using the African Extracts Advantage range over the last month and I love that the products are inspired by nature and have a delicate nature-inspired fragrance that transports me to the Rooibos fields of the Cederberg with every whiff!
It’s important for me to spend time each day applying creams and serums and relishing the way they soothe my senses. Every evening I’ve started to take a quiet moment of silence to smell the scent, apply the products softly to my skin and follow up with a cup of black Rooibos tea before jumping into bed with my book. A little moment of Me Time that is sacred and special, everyday! By adding this new routine to my day, my stress levels and visible signs of ageing are sure to be lessening as we speak…
What do you do when you, finally, get a moment of Me Time? Do you have a daily routine where you spend a few minutes alone celebrating what it means to be you? If so, “like” African Extracts Rooibos on Facebook and look out for their competition post. Share your Me Time secret and you could win a luxury getaway for two to Bushmanskloof Luxury Retreat at the home of Rooibos in the Cederberg. The perfect place to celebrate Me Time, naturally!
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