8 top tips for mum me time over Christmas

A mum’s life is a hectic one and Christmas can add to the chaos, but follow these easy tips to grab some peace over the festive season


Sometimes it can seem like you’re juggling the world – baby, hubby, work, home… the list can seem endless. “When you’ve got a young family, it’s normal to feel like you don’t have time to do, or finish, anything for yourself,” says life coach Joyce Campbell (www.joycecampbell.co.uk). “But if you wait for a quiet moment to have some me-time, that moment might never come. It’s not selfish to take some time for yourself, in fact it’s essential to keep you sane.” Taking five can can make you more focused and relaxed, so why not…


1) Read a book

“I was a real bookworm before I had Mia, but when she came along I had no time to sit and read. I’ve now made a list of books I want to get through and make sure I have a 30-minute read when Mia’s having a nap each day. I forget the chores and sit on the sofa with my book. I’m slowly but surely getting through my list and I always feel so relaxed after my 30 minutes.”

Laura Smith, 31, from Hull, mum to Mia, 2


2) Go al fresco

Crisp winter morning? Wrap up warm and have your morning cuppa out in the garden. “Being outside gives you breathing space from life and everything going on in the house,” explains Joyce. “As winter takes hold, you should use every opportunity to get outside. If you’re at home all day, get out in the garden, or even sit with the back door open with your coat on while you have a cup of tea to give you a bit of a boost.”


3) Have a soak

If you’re feeling uptight, 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 become part of a regular wind-down routine as it tells your body and mind it’s time to relax,” says Joyce. “As you settle in, imagine all the tension easing out of your body, and disappearing down the plug hole as you lie still.”

“When you’re stressed or feeling the pressure, your breathing becomes shallow and fast,” explains health and wellbeing consultant Liz Tucker (www.behappybehealthy.co.uk). “Enjoying a long quiet soak in the tub lowers 
and regulates your breathing, which in turn calms you down.”


4) Go for a dip

The benefits of swimming are well known and while it’s a great (and cheap) way to exercise, and fun for your little one too, there’s lots of other perks to making a splash. “Floating in water makes your body feel more buoyant, helping you feel free and not tied down or constrained by whatever’s been going on that day,” explains Liz. “The regular strokes from swimming also help to control your breathing and assist your body and mind to find a relaxing centre point.”

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