Make time for you

Written by Amy Notley

I know all of you mums out there will agree with me when I say it can seem almost impossible finding time to do the things we love on a daily basis.

At the same time I believe it’s crucial for our mental health and when we make space for ourselves, we’re better mums for it.

So if that means squeezing in what we love around the chaos of running a household and other commitments then let’s stop making excuses and just do it.

The combination of exhaustion, anxiety and all the other difficulties that come with caring for a baby can quickly leave our fuel tanks running on empty.

After recently becoming a mother of two I have come to realise that it doesn’t have to be perfect, but it’s absolutely necessary to develop a self-care routine. And the good news is, if you love yoga like me, all you need is a mat, your backyard or lounge room and as little as 10 minutes.

I know just how important the benefits are for me both mentally and physically, yet up until recently I had put my yoga on the back burner.

At times it just felt impossible to get out of the house, let alone go for a walk or practice yoga.

If you’re feeling the same way, then I challenge you to join me in making a commitment to practice yoga, exercise or simply do something you love at home every day for the month of May. You owe it to yourself to make you a priority.

It’s the perfect remedy for those days we simply can’t muster up the energy to pack up the kids and head out.

There are days where my practice incorporates a toddler playing trucks in and around my poses, while my baby lays on the mat. All while the house is a mess.

Some days I start and stop and start and stop, but hey at least I have got something done for myself.
We also have dance parties some afternoons where I’ll play a fun song and hold bub while dancing with my toddler. It’s hilarious and certainly gets the serotonin pumping.

If we’ve had a long night and couldn’t be bothered driving away from home for a walk, we’ll pull out the double pram and simply walk around the block .

The options are endless.

So if you’re an exhausted Mumma who needs to make time for yourself, just remember it doesn’t have to be perfect, you just need to start.