Mum guilt is often characterised by that feeling that as a mum you’ve failed to put your family first. But taking a break for yourself is not the same as putting your family last. In fact, it’s essential to always be at your best. Here’s 5 ways mums practice self-care and take a well-deserved ‘mum break’.
1. An adult time out
We take a lot of coffee breaks during our day but how many do we take as a proper break? Katrina-Jane Bart likes to take her coffee without all the distractions, almost as though she’s in adult time out.
“I practice self-care by giving myself time-out, not the naughty corner, my coffee! Working from home you continually go, go, go. I’ve learnt to switch off for 15 minutes and just savor that cuppa. No TV. No phone. Just sitting in sunshine to re-charge my batteries. Nothing is so important that you can’t practice a little self-care 15 min ritual every day. It’s not a treat it’s a necessity.”
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2. Have a nap
Who said only kids could get away with a nap? Take a tip from Spain and include an afternoon siesta in your schedule. Many successful people, from Margaret Thatcher to Barack Obama, slept for fewer hours at night but frequently took naps during the day.
For optimum results your nap should:
- Be less than 30 minutes to prevent reaching deep sleep
- Be taken in a restful bedroom space without distractions as opposed to the bright and noisy living room
- Be taken in the mid-afternoon around 2-3pm
3. Simple pleasures, practiced often
While a spa day is just what the doctor ordered every other month it’s important to practice self-care more often than this. Living and parenting with a chronic illness has helped Teena Hantke from Whoa Mumma appreciate how doing small things for yourself often makes a difference.
“Self-care needn’t be a big or expensive exercise, practicing it begins with your mindset and ridding yourself of feelings of guilt for making your well-being a priority. Start small, go for a quiet coffee by yourself after school drop off or take 10 minutes to read a book without feeling bad about it. The key is finding something that’s just for you whilst dismissing that niggling feeling of mummy guilt.”
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4. Watch TV in the middle of the day
Streaming services mean you don’t have to wait until prime time to catch the next episode of your favourite drama show. There’s something indulgent about taking a viewing break in the middle of the day when you’re supposed to be productive. Allow yourself an hour or two stretched out across your 3-seat sofa and enjoy that uninterrupted, midday feeling.
5. Join the yoga craze
Jessie Parker, owner of Borne Too maternity wear, was a yoga skeptic once too. That is, until she tried it.
“My favourite way to take a ‘mum-break’ is to do a yoga class. I used to hate the idea of yoga until I reached a breaking point in my life, then I was willing to give anything a try! Now I love it. As much as I feel like a walking, talking cliché – it’s an opportunity to be mindful, active and escape the chaos of life.”
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All these yogi mums can’t possibly be wrong! Yoga is the ultimate self-care exercise.
The most important thing when you take a ‘mum break’ isn’t what you do but that the activity makes you happy.