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Making ourselves a priority can be extra challenging when you’re not living like Beyonce and have adult responsibilities like bills, housing and children. Often times this becomes the excuse we use to put ourselves last.
Well I’m calling bullsh*t on the excuses and giving you an entire list of Me time ideas for Mums so you can get some well deserved time out for yourself.
Light a candle
Creating a bit of cool, calm serenity at home will help to ease your nerves and may just trick your brain into thinking it’s at some luxury resort kid-free (this is where you could practice your visualisation techniques ;)).
Break out the essential oils
If you have some essential oils and a diffuser stashed away in the cupboard, now’s the time to break them out. My personal favourite scent is Vetiver, it makes me feel homely and balanced (which is an odd feeling for me let me tell you). You can buy oil diffusers from Kmart foor around $15 or buy a pretty one that will just about last a lifetime from places like Earth and Soul.
Have a pyjama day
Sometimes a girl just needs a pyjama day.
Enjoy a cup of tea
Best served HOT and in an extra large mug.
Get some sunshine
You’d be surprised how much 10 minutes of barefooted walking on grass in the sun will do for your physical and mental health. Better yet, invest in a hammock and take your cup of tea outside for some suny relaxation.
A quick meditation
If you’re new to meditation you may shy away from the idea of sitting still with nothing but your thoughts for an hour long session, but you can jump on Youtube and find loads of guided meditation videos that are 5 – 15 minutes long which will fit the bill nicely.
Go to the movies alone
For those rare occasions when we are able to leave the kids with a friend or family member (or some well-meaning stranger, no judgement), you can grab a movie ticket for under $20 and sit in the blissful darkness of a cinema to enjoy an uninterrupted movie.
Dance like no-one’s watching
It costs nothing to drop your inhibitions and start a one-person dance party in the kitchen, the kids might even dance along (or make fun of you like mine do).
Sing in the shower
Treat the neighbours to some good old fashion 90’s pop music as you put those bathroom acoustics to use and perform your own rendition to The Sign by Ace of Base.
Have a bubble bath
Best enjoyed after the kids have gone to bed for the night unless you have someone to keep them occupied, I don’t know about you but there’s nothing LESS relaxing than soaking in the tub with a child on the other side of the door wailing because they KNOW YOU’RE IN THERE.
What are your favourite ways to spend your me time? Share it with us in the comments or head to The Cold Coffee Tribe on Instagram and let’s get talking.
Lea Sharp is a content creator and hot mess Mum in Brisbane, QLD. As a tired Mum of 3, Lea is a passionate advocate for maternal mental health and helps like-minded Mums make life that little bit easier through The Cold Coffee Tribe, a lifestyle website for everyday Mums.