We’re halfway through the summer holidays now and if you’re anything like me you’ll be feeling a little bit frazzled. Of course, I love my kid and I’m enjoying our summer together, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to school starting. Yes, I’ve worried, a lot, about whether Molly would be ready for school or not, but I’m definitely in team ‘hurry up September’ now.
As it’s the school holidays I never have a minute to myself so my self-care is none existent right now. The more frazzled I feel though, the more I’m reminded of how important it is to take care of ourselves. When life gets hectic our self-care can take a backseat as we push our own needs aside to focus on everyone else. But if we don’t look after ourselves then how can we be our best self, or the best parent/friend/employee/sibling/partner etc.?
Self-care doesn’t have to take up loads of time or effort. I asked some lovely bloggers for their simple self-care ideas and the ideas they came up with are perfect for when you don’t have much time for yourself, but when you really need a bit of ‘me time’ to retain your sanity.
Here’s what they came up with…
Go For A Walk
Nothing is better than a walk with a friend! Excercise, fresh air & a chance to chat! The light nights mean you can head out after bedtime if you want. – Erin Ek, Yorkshire Tots To Teens
Paint Your Nails
Painting your nails. I do gel nails myself as it lasts longer and always feel brighter with pretty toes! – Fran Jones, Back With A Bump
Read A Good Book
One night a week, when the kids are in bed switch of all devices and sit down with a good book. Time away from social media always helps me to feel refreshed. – Becky Clark, Mommy and Rory
Listen To Music
Listening to music!! UnInterrupted tunes time is amazing and relaxing! – Lucie Aiston, Coffee and Converse
Snacks and a Magazine
Treat yourself to a bag of your favourite chocolates or a big bag or crisps to sit down once they’re in bed with a magazine. It feels good to indulge yourself after a long child filled day. – Beth Law, Twinderelmo
Go To A Coffee Shop
Half an hour in a coffee shop – just to sit in peace for a little bit with an uninterrupted drink! Supermarket cafes are great- something you can do while you’re using food shopping as an excuse! – Sal Wright, Hello Little Lovely
I love to do yoga! There’s a great YouTube channel called yoga by Adriene and she has all sorts of videos from as short as 5 minutes. There are ones to relax, destress and to focus for the day ahead. They are brilliant if you are short on time. – Victoria Sully, Healthy Vix
A bit of crochet (which I can do whilst watching over the children). – Jeannette Cripps, Autism Mumma
Get up early
Get up one hour early and use that time to bathe/read/yoga/write a letter. Basically something JUST for you; it will give you the headspace you need to cope. – Becky Goddard-Hill, a Beautiful Space
Headspace app for a bit of daily meditation! Meal prep and generally getting out in green spaces! So good for the soul to sit somewhere eyes closed (if only for a breath) surrounded by grass and trees with the sun in your face. – Becci Angell, To Aufinity And Beyond
Eat something overly healthy. I know that sounds a bit ‘un-fun’ but I find that I always feel really good about myself and like I’ve done myself a favour if I have eaten a meal full of veg and goodness. – Samantha Robinson, Porridge And Parenting
And If All Else Fails…
If you really need a break, then why not ask a friend or relative to look after the kids for a couple of hours. Or if that’s not an option then how about putting them in the Ikea creche for a bit. Seriously! They get about an hour in the creche so that’s an hour of retail therapy. Or you could even just buy the first thing you see and then spend the rest of the hour in the cafe. Alone. And don’t even think about feeling guilty because we all need some time alone every now and then.
Do you have any other simple self-care ideas? I’d love to hear them in the comments below.