me-time

Mum’s life: finding 30 minutes each day for yourself

We all need our own space, no matter how much we love being on hand for the rest of the family. Here are some tips on grabbing back some ‘me-time’.


Even if the dish fairies aren’t going to get the washing up done, the chances are the cleaning will get done eventually, so cut yourself some slack – no matter how busy your day is, there is always a way to grab half an hour to yourself. And relaxing or simply getting something else done will really take the weight off your shoulders.

Mum’s life: finding 30 minutes each day for yourself

  • Make larger meals every few days and freeze half of what you cook so that you can use it for dinner next week. This sounds so simple, but how often do we really make the most of those plastic food boxes just waiting to be used in our kitchen cupboards?

  • Be 23 again! Remember when you used to get all the chores like the food shopping and the laundry done on Saturdays because you were working all week? Whether you have a full-time job or you’re at home during the week, there’s no law that says being a mum means you have to do housework every day! Load all those chores into one morning at the weekend, get the family gang to chip in and don’t even dare to do a mid-week wash! If your other half moans that he’s run out of undies by Thursday, buy him some spare pairs…
Registration

Become a member of Supersavvyme and get exclusive offers!

Become a member

  • Create a ‘to do’ box. Whether it’s looking at bills or setting aside a magazine you really want to read, chuck it into a handy box in the kitchen or the lounge and force yourself to randomly pick one thing from the box each day – then promise yourself you’ll act on it straight away. This way you’ll force yourself to get that little thing done; whether it’s important or trivial, ticking it off your list will really make you feel like you’ve squeezed some more time out of your day.

  • Take yourself out for a coffee. OK, so a latte in a nearby café costs a lot more than a mug in your kitchen, but getting out of the house for half an hour will make you spend that time on yourself. It doesn’t have to be every day, and don’t wait until there’s a day when a friend can meet you, just grab a book or a handful of birthday cards you’ve been meaning to write, and pop out for a me-time treat.

  • Change your bathtime routine. Do you rush to have a shower before the school run, or fit it in somewhere between finishing the washing up and bedtime? If you usually come back home after dropping the kids at school, save bathtime until you have the house to yourself – you’ll be amazed how much easier it is to pamper yourself without calls up the stairs in search of missing PE kit and packed lunches. If you work, have your bath when the rest of the family have slouched on the sofa? Have dinner in the oven, keep the family at bay with a few light pre-tea snacks and sneak off for a leisurely soak in the tub!

Complete your personal information

Please fill in the information marked with an asterisk to proceed; if you want to get tailored offers and content, don't forget to fill in the optional fields.

sar2262

sar2262

Reported

Have I stepped back in a timewarp? Why are we encouraging women to take just 30 mins each day? since when could a man not wash his own undies or take care of the kids so we could have some me time? Why do we have this crazy assumption that mums are right to be unpaid workers 24/7? Where else would you allow that to happen than in the home. The tone of this article is that you can manage all those chores and the kids and your husbands laundry and have 30 mins to yourself. Thanls!!

  • Report it
12thalia

12thalia

Reported

i get up first at 05:30 and don't wake my kids up until 07:00. By this time I have checked my emails, my Ebay and drank a large coffee. Also got gym kits ready, sandwiches packed and school uniforms and coats checked with time for repairs. Also I check pencil cases and pop in a new gel pen on a Monday and remove one that looks empty. I also like a bath at 07:40 so I can be ready in a hot bath to listen to the Radio Four drama at 07:45 Monday to Friday.

  • Report it

Having a bath wastes water and energy compared to a shower. I would prefer to sit and read a good book during that extra time. I'd add to the list that a library is a great place to take thirty minutes. You could read newspapers or magazines, browse new books, sit and read in peace and quiet. This works even for people with kids because the kids can be let loose in the junior section while you sit in the adult section.

  • Report it
Always