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
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.