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Self Care

As a mum, it’s often difficult to find “me time”. We put our kids first and often feel as if we’re rushing from chore to chore and commitment to commitment. There’s so many different ways that you can take some time out, from meditation to reading a book to simply having a bath or long, hot shower and putting on your favourite perfume.

Relaxing when you are a mum

How Do I Embrace Self Care?

Whether you’re a working or stay-at-home mum, it always feels like there’s a million and one things to do. Some mums have a partner who shares the load, while other mums are single mothers who feel as though “free time” is a thing of the past. But however you’re raising your little ones, taking time for yourself is hugely important for your wellbeing. Even if its just a few minutes here and there. From apps you can use that promote wellbeing, to playing your favourite sport or meditating for a few minutes, it’s so vital to find a special way of reconnecting with yourself. Feeling lost for ideas? Pop into our Chat Forum to talk to other mums and get some inspo for some self-lovin’.

I Can’t Afford Fancy Yoga Classes. What Are Some Cheap Ideas?

We understand the financial difficulties that can come with being a parent. For many mums, a store-bought coffee or a trip to the hairdresser is a luxury. That’s why it’s so important to be able to embrace self-care from the comfort of your own home. Here are five cheap and simple ideas to take some time for yourself:

1. Run yourself a bath and pop a few drops of essential oil or some epsom salts in it. Don’t have a bath? Take a hot shower, and take time to exfoliate your skin with an exfoliating glove, or use your favourite scented soap to wash your body all over. Massage your head as you wash your hair – it truly works wonders!

2. Get up 15 minutes earlier than the kids and make yourself a cup of tea. Drink it in bed while reading a few pages of a good book. These few minutes in the early morning can set you up for a more relaxed, grounded day ahead.

3. Light a candle or some incense. It can be a great way to make a room feel a bit special, particularly once the kids have gone to bed.

4. Download a free meditation app for your phone. We love Calm, Headspace and Buddhify – they all have free versions and provide gentle encouragement to take some time to be mindful, every day.

5. Stretch. If yoga or pilates isn’t your thing, just taking five minutes to stretch in the morning or evening is a great way to take some time for yourself and also nourish your body.

Finding it difficult to feel inspired? Here are some great self-care quotes

Feeling beautiful in your own skin: “A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl

Being kind to yourself: “Be kinder to yourself. And then let your kindness flood the world” – Pema Chödrön

Loving yourself: “To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness” – Robert Morley

Time for yourself: “Carve out and claim the time to care for yourself and kindle your own fire” – Amy Ippoliti

Find more positive mantras here.