When you’re a working mom, it can be hard finding enough hours in the day to sleep, let alone block out some quality time to relax and recharge by doing something that we like. Getting regular rest and reconnecting with activities that we love to do is important, though: as well as giving our energy levels a lift, taking time out for ourselves can help us to feel more like…ourselves.
Below are five ideas for new ways that you could spend your quality time, starting from today!
Getting out into the garden is a great way to refresh both mind and body, and you can set a gardening schedule that suits you and the limited free time you have available. Even if you live in a high-rise with just a tiny balcony as an outdoor space, there are still plenty of ways to undertake your new hobby.
Why not start by cultivating some easy-to-grow vegetables. As well as being a simple way to begin gardening, you’ll also get to experience the pleasure of eating your own produce once it’s harvested! Tomatoes, courgettes, and even peas are just a few examples of veg that can be grown in grow bags or containers, so they’re perfect for even the most limited of outdoor spaces.
Planting and growing herbs is another easy way to enjoy your new hobby and, like the veg listed above, won’t require you to expend too much time in their care and maintenance.
If you’re interested in fields such as astrology, crystal work, and divination, then you may also like to find out more about auras, and an aura reading could be the perfect way for you to relax and learn more about this fascinating phenomenon.
An aura reading usually lasts for between fifteen minutes and half an hour, and the reader will look at your aura and interpret to you their findings: they may be able to identify, for example, energy blockages, and give you advice on ways to clear these so that you can feel refreshed and revived,
Doing some yoga is a fantastic way to make the most of your downtime, as you can easily create a routine for yourself that suits what you feel comfortable doing, and the timeframe that you have available. Plus, just fifteen minutes of yoga a day can have tangible and lasting benefits on both your physical and mental health and can help to regulate blood pressure and promote calmness and clarity of thought.
Join an in-person class, or have a go at an online session to get a sense of what yoga’s all about and the benefits it can deliver.
Mom’s Lunch Club
If after work or evening time are manic with sorting out dinner and helping the kids with their homework etc., then why not try to squeeze in your me-time during your lunch hour? Get together with your other mom friends and arrange to meet once a week for lunch – this is a fab way to enjoy some social time and to relax and remove the temptation of staying at your desk and working through your break.
You could meet up at a local cafe or, in the warmer months, find a spot near the office to picnic and all bring a dish or two to share.
Learn a New Skill
Taking the first steps on a learning journey is a very fulfilling way to spend the rare time you get to yourself as a working mom. Learning something new can boost self-esteem and add another skill-set to your bow; perhaps there’s a language you’ve wanted to learn for years, or you’d love to pick up the English Literature studies that you enjoyed at school.
Whatever it is, there’s a high chance that there will be a distance learning course for it and a variety of ways to fit your studies around your other commitments.
Building in Quality Time
Scheduling in some quality time – whether that’s to explore one of the activities above or to try out something else you’re interested in – is vital for your overall well-being. It’s the simplest thing in the world to fill our days with the many tasks and commitments belonging to us and forget to factor our own needs into the mix.
Building in some regular time for yourself – whether that’s for a daily fifteen-minute yoga routine or a weekly lunchtime social with friends – can have a profoundly positive effect on every area of your life.
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