As parents having time to ourselves doesn’t happen often. And sometimes we don’t let it happen. There’s always something else to do or someone else to put first. That’s our job as parents, as adults’ right?
Well yes, but you also can’t look after everyone else if you don’t look after yourself. If you’ve ever been on an airplane you’ll know that the safety protocol in case of an emergency is to put on your own oxygen mask before helping to secure others, including children. This is because you can’t help anyone if you’ve passed out!
Whilst day to day life might not be as serious as that emergency situation on a plane, we all need to look after ourselves a little more in order to be able to properly look after those around us.
It doesn’t need to be a big thing, just make time for a hot shower, a quick exercise class (I’m loving YouTube yoga at the moment) or 10 minutes alone listening to your favourite music. There’s never going to be the perfect time to do these things. There’ll always be something that you feel needs doing, the dishwasher needs unloading or toys need putting away. But sometimes 10 minutes to yourself to feel a little more like you, is exactly what you need to be a more productive person and maybe even a better parent if you’re not running on empty all the time.
I know I need to listen to my own advice sometimes, as many of us do!
How do you make time for yourself? What is your favourite “me time” treat?
Mrs H xxx