Make ti me for mum

LOOK­ING AF­TER THE MOST IM­POR­TANT PER­SON – YOU – IS THE MOST SIG­NIF­I­CANT THING YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR FAM­ILY’S WELL­BE­ING. HERE ARE SOME EASY, YET POW­ER­FUL IDEAS FROM HAVEN’S RES­I­DENT FOOD GURU AND NATUROPATH GE­OR­GIA HARD­ING.

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I’m a mum and, as such, fully un­der­stand the de­mands of the tough­est job of them all! I’ve been both a stay-at-home mum and a full-time work­ing mum and both roles have their chal­lenges. I’ve also been pretty good at ne­glect­ing my own needs, at times, dur­ing my al­most 12 years of moth­er­hood. My health and sanity have al­ways suf­fered as a re­sult. I’m a bit of a ‘work in progress’ when it comes to find­ing that bal­ance be­tween car­ing for my fam­ily, work­ing and tak­ing time out for my­self. I’m pretty good at the first two points, but ter­ri­ble at the lat­ter. Life is fluid, es­pe­cially with a tribe in tow, so look­ing af­ter the mum in me has re­quired a fair bit of flex­i­bil­ity and com­mit­ment to do so. So I have three tips to share with you today that have re­ally help me to be happy, healthy and able to nur­ture my fam­ily to the best of my abil­ity:

1

SCHED­ULE SANITY TIME

If it’s not writ­ten down, it doesn’t hap­pen in my world. So I plan my day metic­u­lously (gen­er­ally the night be­fore), al­ways in­clud­ing ex­er­cise and time to just chill out and be present. I also try to have a backup plan. So for ex­am­ple, I like to make two yoga classes a week. But al­ways know that if some­thing pops up dur­ing my pre­ferred class time, then I have a third class pen­cilled in to cover that im­por­tant ‘me time’.

2

PACK YOUR­SELF LUNCH 3

PUT YOUR FEET UP - LIT­ER­ALLY

It’s amaz­ing how many mums I’ve con­sulted with over the years who make their kids (and of­ten their spouse) fan­tas­tic lunches, but don’t eat well them­selves at lunchtime. My ad­vice is to ei­ther try to set aside a lunch from left­overs from din­ner the night be­fore or make your­self lunch when pack­ing the kids’ lunch boxes. Eat­ing a great lunch means your mood and en­ergy lev­els will be sta­ble and set you in good stead for the af­ter­noon and evening rush. My most re­lax­ing but re­vi­tal­is­ing thing to do in a day is to put my legs ‘up the wall’ or in yoga terms ‘Vi­parita Karani’. I al­ways have this in my sched­ule for 10 min­utes a day (it is also writ­ten down) or if all else fails, just be­fore bed. It never ceases to amaze me how this sim­ple po­si­tion im­proves my stress re­sponses and en­er­gises me at the same time. There are lots of on­line demon­stra­tions of how to do this sim­ple and restora­tive yoga pose, so do your­self a favour, put your feet up and no­tice how good it makes you feel ( just don’t do this when you are men­stru­at­ing). I be­lieve sim­ple well­be­ing strate­gies are the most sus­tain­able. I hope my three tips help to sup­port and nour­ish you to be the best mum you can be.

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