I’ve been there before, daydreaming about a spa day, a whole day at home alone to potter, a leisurely walk and maybe a spot of lunch to while away the weekend. Realistically, these aren’t possible for the majority of us working Mums (Moms) – maybe once a quarter if you’re lucky.
So, what can we do to just grab a few moments of ‘me time’? Here are my top 5 things to do in 5 minutes to recharge your brain and your patience. Some of these can be done when you’re at work, others are for when you are at home in the evening or the weekend.
- Wash your hands – I’m not talking a quick swill at the kitchen sink, I mean a proper hand wash in a nice bathroom basin, using a hand scrub if you have it, along with a fancy soap and lashings of hand cream. Just the scent of my favourite soap or handcream makes me breathe a huge, contented sigh before I open the door back into real life.
- Go for a quick walk – This could be at lunchtime to get out the office, or just to nip to the local store at the weekend to get a paper. Just these few minutes to be walking without real purpose, or having to keep a watchful eye over your roaming toddler is bliss.
- Listen to a song – it could be something on your iPod, or just a song on the radio , but everyone knows that music is powerful stuff. If you can switch off from the world around you and focus on the lyrics and melody of a tune, it really can transform your mood and reinvigorate you. I like to listen to tracks from my youth that bring back some great memories and make me smile.
- Take 10-15 deep breaths – If I’m honest, I do this in the office toilets regularly especially if I’m feeling overwhelmed. Close your eyes and take 10 breaths of 5 seconds each. Focus on your body starting from your feet and slowly moving up towards your neck and head as if you are releasing the stress from your being. By focusing on parts of your body, it stops your mind thinking about everything else. It does work, trust me. 🙂
- Garden – There is simply nothing more relaxing that wondering along past your flower beds that are beginning to bloom in the spring sunshine. If it is quiet and you can hear birds twittering, or even a neighbour’s lawnmower, it is very therapeutic. Catching sight of a beautiful butterfly or a bumble bee collecting nectar transports you into the natural environment and even if you just deadhead a few plants it temporarily releases you from the life treadmill.
What do you do to rebalance your mind during the hectic week? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet me @pwparent or comment on my facebook page www.facebook.com/paranoidworkingparent.