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Thursday, 5 May 2016

Making The Most Of Me Time + Your Chance To Win An Amazon Tablet!


When you become a parent, it's all too easy to become so wrapped up in caring for your children and running your household that caring for yourself falls low on your list of priorities.

As important as it is to meet our childrens needs, it's so important to look after yourself too - particularly in those newborn days when your body and mind are recovering from the strenuous pregnancy and birth process.

With that in mind, here are my Top 5 Me Time Activities

1. Dedicate an hour to pampering yourself

It's easy to recommend a pamper evening with the girls or treating yourself to a spa day, we'd all love that wouldn't we?! But sadly it's not always affordable and it's not always feasible with small children around - childcare can be an issue and even pampering at home can often be interrupted when babies need feeding or children won't settle.

One of my favourite ways to unwind is to run myself a bubble bath and have a nice 20 minute soak with a face mask on, exfoliate and moisturise, give myself a mini mani & pedi & pluck my eyebrows  - an hour later it's remarkable how lifted I feel! A little pampering and preening can go a long way to improving your state of mind.

2. Pamper Your Mind

It's not just our bodies that need looking after, stress can have a detrimental effect on our over-all wellbeing and there are so many things we can do from home to restore some calm and balance.

I've mentioned before that I like to use relaxation apps to relieve anxiety & stresses - calm.com is a favourite of mine, you can also download relaxing music CDs or guided meditations if thats more your thing - you might think it all sounds a bit daft but until you try it you won't know how big a help it might be - anything that helps us to feel calmer has to be worth a try right?!

3. Indulge yourself

Ok so you've got a million things on your to do list, you're trying to shift the baby weight - a treat night doesn't seem like such a great idea? But we all need a little down time every now and then, and the occasional pick me up isn't going to hurt.

Parenthood can be tough - some say it's the toughest "job" in the world - in any job you get the occasional reward for working hard right? A staff meal out, a little thank you gift at Christmas and so on - so why not give yourself that little hard-earned pat on the back once a week?

Whatever it is you enjoy doing - watching a movie with a glass of wine and a bar of chocolate the size of your baby? Go for it! Curling up with a book and a massive hot chocolate with extra cream? Why not!!  Curling up with your iPad and playing Diep-io game? Go for it!
Whatever your favourite indulgent pastime is, just let go of any associated guilt and enjoy it one evening per week - the housework will still be there tomorrow, and you'll feel so much better for it!

4. Make Use Of Help & Get Out Of The House

If you're lucky enough to have any willing babysitters around and can manage an hour or so away from the house every now and then - DO IT! But don't use the time for grocery shopping which can be done online when the kids are in bed or visiting old Aunt Ethel...do something just for you every once in a while. Go for a swim (Oh to go swimming without chasing a toddler around in a soggy swim nappy!), have a quiet coffee or lunch somewhere non-child friendly that you wouldn't usually be able to go, or nip to the beauty salon for a spray tan or wash & blow dry - do something to make yourself feel recharged and fighting fit!

5. Soft Play Is Your Friend!

If you're having a particularly frazzled day, there's nobody around to help and time to yourself just isn't an option - check out the local childrens amenities in your area where the kids will be entertained and out of your hair, and you can have a coffee and 2 minutes to yourself - ok you'll be keeping an eye on them and possibly getting dragged through multi-coloured tunnels of doom too - but that few quiet sips of coffee as you watch your child go crazy in a ball pond from afar is worth it!

COMPETITION

To give you a little helping hand in taking time for yourself as a Mum, the lovely people at Poki.com are offering one of my readers the chance to win an Amazon Tablet of your very own - one that you can keep hidden away from the kids - no sticky fingers on the screen or endless Topsy & Tim episodes to watch on it - this is all for you! 

To be in with a chance of winning, just complete the Rafflecopter form below - Good Luck!


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73 comments:

  1. With some peace and quiet, a book and a hot chocolate or with a cocktail

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  2. Once the kids are in bed I love to cuddle up to Mr Rose and watch an episode of whatever series we're into at the time (currently Bedlam) possibly with a glass of red.

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  3. Once the kids are tucked up in bed I like to cuddle up to Mr Rose and relax watching an episode of whatever series we're into at the time (currently Bedlam) possibly with a glass of wine.

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  4. i like to watch a good film on tv with a nice glass of something

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  5. In bed with a really good book under a cosy quilt.

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  6. Walking along the seafront

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  7. Reading a good book in a hot bath with a glass of wine

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  8. Going for a nice walk and listening to music.

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  9. I love crocheting or snuggling up with a box of chocolates and a new book

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  10. In the bath with a good book and a cup of coffee ☺️

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  11. Curcled up in my easy chair reading a book

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  12. I love a soak in the bath with some relaxing music

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  13. relaxing in the bath or watching a movie

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  14. I love reading my book before I sleep, it's my precious me time

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  15. Going for a run followed by a hot bubble bath and cuppa

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  16. nice hot bath , cup of tea and a good film x

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  17. watching TV with a glass or red wine

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  18. I love to read a good book x Kali Filsell

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  19. After the school run I try and grab half an hour. Not enough me time but I wouldn't have it any other way

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  20. Hot bath and bottle of wine.

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  21. Watching a good film with a chinese

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  22. Depends what mood im in, sometimes a good book, colouring in my adult book, listening to music or watching a film or tv programme aslong as i get some peace and quiet on my own im happy lol x

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  23. Watching a programme on TV whilst putting my feet up, sipping a glass of wine and eating something unhealthy!

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  24. bubbly bath,fresh jamas and feet up in front of the telly

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  25. Netflix on, Pyjamas on, Ben & Jerrys Phish Food and a spoon!

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  26. Playing my guitar along to you-tube

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  27. having a relaxing bubble bath

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  28. 'Me time' means a chance to escape with a good book.

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  29. Relaxing with a glass of wine and a good book in a comfortable chair

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  30. in the bath with the door locked anbd a good book!

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  31. I like to go to a nice coffee shop with a good book

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  32. With a good book snuggled under a blanket with a nice hot cup of tea :) pure bliss

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  33. A good coffee and a good book.

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  34. Relaxing with a film or great show and hot tea

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  35. Relaxing with a great film or tv show and hot tea

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  36. I love curling up with a good book and some chocolate during my me time.

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  37. lazing with a good book

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  38. With my family watching a movie with chocolate

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  39. In a warm bath with a glass of wine x

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  40. Catching up with my favourite show the peaky blinders

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  41. I like to do a spot of cross stitching.

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  42. If I have time, I'll read a book. It completely relaxes me.

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  43. A nice soak in the bath with a good book

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  44. Watching a film or going for a walk.

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  45. a funny movie and a pamper session

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  46. a nice bath, catch up tv :) x

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  47. Going for a run or cuddling up with a great book. Thanks

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  48. in the garden with the chickens

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  49. I love having a nice bubble bath and using nice body butter, getting on my PJ's, having some wine and chocolate and catching up with some telly

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  50. A long walk or curling up with a good book

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  51. doing the gardening at my allotment

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  52. I'm not a huge fan of my own company but I do like to enjoy a relaxing bath and nap when I get a rare chance

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  53. I love chilling in my bedroom reading and listening to the radio.

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  54. Reading fanfaction on my kindle

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  55. Reading and eating a whole bar of chocolate to myself!

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  56. Long bath and bed with a good book.

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