Don’t forget to look after You.
When you are trying to juggle all of your commitments, it may seem that there is little time for anything else.
Make time for yourself each week even if it’s a small amount of time.
You will be able to increase that time as your children grow and things become more manageable but if you don’t make that time at all you can easily forget to include any in your week altogether.
When thinking about self-care, also consider re-starting an old hobby or exploring a new one. Spend time with your partner doing something you enjoy even if it’s just having a relaxing evening together. You can easily fall into the habit of using all your evenings trying to catch up with housework or work-related activities.
Creating art was one of my biggest passions. By the time I picked up a pencil to create a piece, I realised that it had been 15 years since I had last created one.
I now ensure I make the time and often include my children in this activity too as it is something they also find enjoyable.
The pandemic has brought new challenges with social isolation. The option of help from family and friends to free up time has been limited. Those of us in the UK are significantly limited in the activities we can do outside the home due to a national lockdown at the moment.
What the pandemic has brought though, is a greater access to resources online which means that you don’t need to sort out childcare, you can do it from your home.
I usually pick a time when my children are more likely to be settled and play independently. For me, this is straight after breakfast or straight after lunch. Alternatively, I might wait until they have gone to bed. If I was working, this would obviously be different. Making time for yourself is important for your mental health.
Time doesn’t just fly watching your children grow up. Time flies for us too.
Amal is a paediatrician and mum/step-mum to four wonderful children. She started MedicMum101 to share tips and experiences on all things motherhood. She enjoys writing about parenting, health, and wellness, as well as other life musings from time to time. When she is not working, writing, or running after the kids, you can often find her working on a new piece of art.