Self-care tips for mums are useful at any time of year but perhaps particularly during the Summer holidays where there is pressure to keep up with the Joneses and siblings have varying and often conflicting needs and wishes.
I asked some mums how they look after themselves at this stressful time of year and I hope you love at least one of these self-care tips for mums.
Carly advised: “I am making time to have a nice soak in the bath once the kids are in bed most days and making sure to see my friends as it can get quite lonely being surrounded by children all week. It is amazing how refreshed you can feel after a good long chat with a friend!” www.mummyandthechunks.com
Becci added: “I make sure I have regular chiropractic adjustments and book myself in for an hour long deep tissue massage on a Saturday morning while they have some fun with Daddy!
Emma Reed said: “I still make time to exercise. I’m lucky because I go to a kid friendly studio where he can sit and watch. It’s only 30-45 minutes a class but it’s my routine and it keeps me sane. He is quite happy to sit with the other children eating snacks. I think it’s important to make time for yourself when the holidays hit because it easily becomes only about children.” Https://emmareed.net
Sophie Clare Hull commented: “I go to a fitness for mums class each week which I take the kids to as well. Even though they are there I manage to get some form of “me time” and get some good endorphins flowing. sophieandlily.co.uk
Time away from the kids
Anna told me “For one week they’ll visit my parents. The rest of the time will be spent looking after them, not me. As per.”
Clare confessed “Dump the kids off with ANYONE they’ve not yet pissed off for the day……over night if possible.
Paul and I did just this and went into London for day and night.”
Naomi told me: ” My husband took 1 day off and looked after the kids. It was 1 day in 6 weeks yet I cannot tell you how much difference it made – I felt like I had space to think and breathe!! I’m a teacher so I frequently remind him how much holiday clubs cost and therefore how much Im saving us!” https://theorganisedlifeproject.com
Kati admitted “When the kids are in bed, it’s crafty time! It’s when I work on the scrapbook, make cards or sew something for the kids. I love losing myself in my artwork at night; it’s always been my most creative time.”
Becky said: ” I get up early to make sure I have breathing space and when they have a friend to play I grab a book ands coffee and relax.” www.babybudgeting.co.uk
Please don’t neglect your own wellbeing this summer. By taking time out for yourself, you will be that much better equipped to give the family an amazing time too.
What are your top self-care tips for mums?