YOU'RE worth it
If you’ve got a spare five seconds, or a whole hour, try these ideas to get the most out of your me-time this Mother’s Day
If you’ve got five seconds SMELL SOMETHING MINTY
A quick sniff of mint reduces stress levels, as the menthol it contains helps relax your muscles, leaving you feeling less tense. Keep a bottle of peppermint essential oil in your bag, so you can take a quick sniff when you feel stressed. Simply breathe in the fresh aroma and it will work its magic in seconds. Try Jurlique Peppermint Pure Essential Oil, $35.
If you’ve got one minute RAISE YOUR HEART RATE
Exercise might be the last thing you feel like doing when you’ve got free time, but a recent study found a one-minute burst of high-intensity exercise, such as star jumps or squats, can give the same health benefits as a 45-minute moderate-intensity workout.
If you’ve got two minutes HAVE FUN BLOWING BUBBLES
When you’re having a hectic day, it can feel difficult to take the long, deep breaths you need to keep calm and relaxed. Help slow down your breathing by borrowing your toddler’s bubble mixture and blowing some yourself. Pursing your lips and blowing instantly helps you exhale more deeply. And by narrowing your mouth you’re forcing every last gasp of air out of your lungs, which boosts your lung capacity.
If you’ve got 15 minutes CREATE A PINTEREST PROJECT
Putting together an inspiring Pinterest mood board based on travel, baking, craft projects or beautiful interiors gives your brain some time out from constantly multi-tasking and helps you feel relaxed and in the moment. It will also give you some inspiration for exciting future projects to look forward to, whether it’s a home makeover or a family trip.
If you’ve got 20 minutes CONNECT WITH ANOTHER MUM
Arrange to call a mum friend when you need to let off steam. Sharing problems and seeing the funny side of your toddler’s tantrum can remind you that you’re not alone and another mum is going through the same thing. You might not need to call often, but just knowing a friend is ready to listen can be all you need to feel better.
If you’ve got 30 minutes JUST SIT AND BE
How often do you get to sit down and relax with just your thoughts? Not very often, we’ll bet. But having quiet time to yourself, without demands or the distraction of TV, can help give your batteries a much-needed charge. A recent study revealed that the majority of mums get less than 17 minutes a day to do something for themselves, but this time can be used to do nothing for yourself as well. So relax in your garden breathing in the fresh air, curl up on the sofa or sit stroking your pet.
If you’ve got one hour HAVE A SLUMBER PARTY FOR ONE
The gift most mums want more than anything is a bit more sleep. A 20-30 minute nap boosts alertness without leaving you feeling groggy. And if you can have an early night, even better. Research reveals that getting an early night helps you worry less, fight off illness more easily and even look better. With all the me-time you’ve squeezed into your day, you’ll be happy to hand your evening over to sleep.