This story was written and photographed by Nisha Vedi Pawar, creator of lifestyle blog Love Laugh Mirch. In this post Nisha highlights why it is important to make time for yourself as to be able to remain healthy and happy, and to take care of her family. Nisha shares some of the specific things she does to slow down to relax and renew.
Making time for yourself as a Mom can sometimes seem like an impossible feat at times. It’s a challenge to let ourselves slow down. It seems there is always something that needs doing, always someone who needs our attention. Most of us need “me time'” but we convince ourselves that we don’t or can’t. Only after motherhood did I realize the importance of taking time out for myself. Tending to a little one, with an around the clock on-demand schedule made it very convincing to take time out for myself to recharge. Now that Little Mirchi is an independent, busy toddler, I still carve out time for myself and find myself more alert, refreshed, patient and content.
Whether it’s having a cup of tea, reading a book or catching up with old friends, practicing self care is the easiest way to stay stress free and happy. I truly feel that taking care of myself is also taking care of my family.
Here are some things I do to make time for myself as a Mom:
Every morning I devote a few minutes to myself to enjoy my chai in peace. This generally means waiting to have my chai after I’ve dropped Little Mirchi to school so I’m not guzzling it down during our morning routine. Some mornings I like to light a candle, turn on some soothing tunes and just breathe. Having those mornings moments to myself keeps me positive.
As sweet as morning sleep is, it’s even sweeter having a quiet house to get things done and plan out my day. I try and wake up a few minutes before the rest of my family so I don’t feel rushed from the beginning of the day.
Make time for yourself, coordinate with your other half and schedule it. Sometimes I just need a quiet place to write, coffee with a friend or a relaxing manicure. I schedule in that time, weekends if it’s easier because I know if it’s not something I commit to, it will get lost in our daily routine.
Whether it’s video chatting or a coffee date. Meeting with girlfriends is half recreation half therapy for me! It reminds me of my pre Mumma self and it’s refreshing to get adult only moments. It’s easy to put off such simple meetings but those moments will seem like small luxuries when you make them happen.
If you can’t manage to leave the house but need a breather, have quiet time with your little(s). Little Mirchi and I practice this often, it’s a great way to encourage self play. They can color, read, or use their imagination for other quiet activities. This gives you the opportunity to get comfortable in your favorite spot and enjoy a book or some meditation while still keeping an eye on them.
These are just some of the ways I practice self care. How do you make time for yourself?
The candles featured in the post above are a part of the Heritage Collection, a collection that embraces the natural, rustic charm of the Chesapeake Bay and provides an array of soothing, energizing, and refreshing scents. The collection includes the following beautiful scents:
Bay Cottage Coffee Table Jar Candle: This three wick candle was perfect on our coffee table and filled our home with a clean linen and lavender fragrance.
Cypress & Oak Large Jar Candle: I loved burning this candle during an evening bubble bath. It has fresh notes of spearmint and eucalyptus and smells like a crisp every green forest.
Wild Lemongrass Small Jar Candle: This was the perfect candle to burn in the evening for us. The citrus notes and lemongrass scent rejuvenated us after a long day.
White Gardenia Double Wick Tin Candle: Perfect for date night or an evening dinner party. It filled our house with the fragrance of delicate jasmine, blooming flowers and romance.
You can read Nisha's original post on her blog Love Laugh Mirch here.