Find­ing me-time for mums

> Whether you are a full-time house­wife or a work­ing pro­fes­sional, here are some tips on how to get away from the daily chaos and just cater to your own needs

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FAMILY TIES -

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Choose a hobby that can be done in the con­ve­nience of your home.

Later, when the kids grow up, you can go scuba diving or learn to fly a plane, if that’s what you wish to do.

Here are some ideas to get you started on do­ing things just for you:

Be a book­worm Pick a book in your favourite genre. If you love ro­mance, lose your­self in the throes of ro­mance.

Or you might want to try some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent, say a bi­og­ra­phy of a fa­mous per­son.

A word of cau­tion: do not read page-turn­ers if you don’t have the dis­ci­pline to put the book down when it’s time to tend to the kids or chores.

I am speak­ing from ex­pe­ri­ence here.

Cook up a storm But I’m al­ready cook­ing ev­ery day, you say. Try some­thing dif­fer­ent from your usual reper­toire.

If you usu­ally cook Asian, why not try your hand at western cui­sine?

Or how about learn­ing some­thing fancy pancy such as ic­ing a cake.

If you’re al­ready a deft hand at western cook­ing, you could try to mas­ter lo­cal delicacies such as roti jala or radish cake.

Flex your green fin­gers Beau­tify your gar­den with flow­ers and plants. Grow your own herbs such as basil, mint and curry leaves.

If you have the means for some­thing more ex­pen­sive, you could cul­ti­vate bon­sai plants.

Get crafty With the cam­era phone at our dis­posal 24/7, we take pho­tos of ev­ery­thing – the cin­na­mon rolls fresh from the oven, the chil­dren rough hous­ing with each other, or daddy giv­ing Ju­nior a pig­gy­back ride.

Print out the pho­tos and make scrap­books with rel­e­vant cap­tions. Be as cre­ative and funny as you can get.

Sew some­thing Not only is this hobby an out­let for your creativ­ity, it will also save you money.

You can sew your chil­dren’s clothes, cur­tains, pil­low and bol­ster cases or fancy-dress gar­ment for your kinder­gartener.

You don’t even have to go out to take classes. Learn from YouTube.

If you’d rather not han­dle a sewing ma­chine, you could crotchet, knit or cross-stitch.

Let your in­ner Pi­casso shine How about a spot of sketch­ing, wa­ter­colour or oil paint­ing? Cre­at­ing art re­lieves stress.

What­ever your choice, just en­joy do­ing it!

Ly­dia Teh is a mother of four and author of nine books, in­clud­ing the lat­est, Cow Sense for Young Peo­ple. Send com­ments to life­style.ly­dia@the­sundaily. com.

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