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School is back, but the stress doesn’t need to be

5 ways for mums to find me-time


The bell has rung – school is back in session for 2020. That means there are lunches to prepare, drop-offs and pick-ups to organise, play dates to attend, sporting commitments and school events. And that’s just this week.

Getting some well-deserved me-time can make the world of difference in your day. And we know all too well that ‘me-time’ when you have kids is somewhat laughable. But please, hear us out. There are a few ways you can create a bit of calm and rejuvenation in this chaotic period, and most of these will only take 5 minutes!

Pack an extra lunch for you

When you’re cutting the crusts of those sandwiches and slicing up fresh fruit, grab an extra lunch box or container and pack yourself some snacks. It’s important that you make time to eat – often it’s the first thing to drop to the end of the list. 

Meditation for your mind

Meditation can bring an abundance of tranquility to your day. You can meditate any time of the day to rest your mind and let stress drift away. There are multiple apps and websites you can use – Insight Timer is a good one.

Utilise the Fernwood creche facilities

If you have the kids in tow and you want to hit the gym for a quick session, many Fernwood clubs offer creche facilities so you can exercise while the kids are entertained. You might be surprised how many of our members are mums! Read exercising when you have kids for more workout ideas.

Get sound sleep

The kids are in bed, and you’ve had another long day. Take some of the stress away from your head. Write down all the tasks, worries, frustrations and ideas you have in a notebook. Take it all in, then leave the notebook in a draw in another room. The list of things to do will still be there in the morning, ready for you to conquer – now it’s time to relax and nod off.

Remember it’s okay to say no

You do so much already – sometimes the best thing you can do is say no to things. Thumb through your calendar – that is no doubt exploding – and weed out a few of the optional activities. There will be many more soirees to come this year.

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