"Randy Kamen Gedinger, a psychologist and life coach says that "there's a tremendous amount of stress and pressure put on women: being parents, being daughters, mothers, wives, professionals. All of these roles combined leave many of us not taking adequate care of ourselves -- which is what sustains us and gives us the energy to take care of all these other responsibilities that we have".
The hectic lifestyles of mothers has emerged in a recent study which found that a staggering 51 per cent of mothers regularly go whole weeks without even a single minute relaxing on their own. While nearly three quarters of the 2,000 mothers studied felt they lived their lives entirely for other people. There is added pressure on mothers, especially, to try and do everything for everyone, all the time. In fact, contrary to what many may think, taking care of oneself is imperative to being a great parent. 'Me' time is not a luxury that detracts from your parenting station; but rather 'Me' time is a very necessary, therapeutic tool that will return you to your parenting station in peak condition.
However, do not fear, we have some top tips for you, on getting your daily dosages of 'me' time.
1. Get up early and enjoy you cup of tea/coffee outside
Getting your 'me' time at the start of the day can help give you peace of mind, and time to get ready for the busy day ahead. Grab your morning cup of tea or coffee outside if you can. Being outside gives you breathing space from life and everything going on in the house.
2. Put aside 30 minutes to an hour just for you
You need to prioritise YOU. It is very easy to get carried away doing things for other people and not do something purely for you. Whether it's reading a book for 30 minutes whilst the baby is asleep, listening to music, catching up with old friends on Facebook or going for a jog. Make sure you do something that you enjoy and that makes you feel good about yourself every day.
3. Have a soak
A relaxing bath has long been recognised as an easy way to de-stress and there are real benefits to a bit of me-time in the tub. Having a bath at the end of the day can be become a regular wind-down routine as it tells your body and mind it???s time to relax, after a long day.
Most importantly, DO NOT FEEL GUILTY about putting time aside to look after you by having
'me' time. Your family and friends will thank you in the long run!