In all the parenting advice that is thrown at us every day online and in print I find there is a huge lack of information about the importance of “Me Time” for Mums. It’s so easy to get caught up in making sure we are always there for our kids (and partner) 24/7 that we forget about us!! Even I have to admit, that getting some me-time isn’t something I plan in my calendar, I don’t even really think about it until its happening and I’m enjoying it!! I think it’s also hard for us to think of “Me Time” ideas or we perhaps even feel selfish in doing so, so we throw it in the too hard, I’ll tackle it later pile.
As I mentioned, thinking of some me-time ideas can be tricky, so I put the question out there to some other bloggers to see what their me-time Ideas are.
41 Me-Time Ideas for Mums
I have a bath. I wait till husband is home and then I shut the door to the bathroom (after making sure everyone has had a wee). I put music on my phone, favourite bath bits and enjoy just relaxing. Sometimes I have a book, sometimes I just lay there in peace. I always feel better afterwards.
Becka – Mummy Est. 2014
I’ve started going to a weekly exercise class, it’s only an hour away from the kids but it gives me such a boost when I’m done it feels like much longer!
Gemma – Mummy’s Waisted.
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I go to a local 5* luxury hotel spa with friends. We pay £49 for use of the facilities and a 2-course lunch. Great value and a perfect way to relax and unwind
Maria – Happy Mummy
Go for a walk when my other half gets home just up and down the block but really helps de-stress
Lianne – Ankle Biters Adventures
I go and do the food shop on my own. I know my husband hates shopping so would rather stay home with the kids. I take my sweet time doing it too!
May not seem very extravagant but every little helps.
Lisa – The Family Ticket
Go to the Grand Prix for the weekend with my brother. It’s the one time of the year that I do something purely for me.
Mary – Over 40 and A Mum To One
Me and my friend try to meet up one a night a week, we don’t go anywhere fancy, some nights it’s just to the supermarket but it feels good to get out alone for a bit
Amy – Amy Mighalls
Spa Break! Myself and a friend go on an overnight spa break when we need some time out. It’s great to feel like adults rather than parents for 24 hours
Rebecca – Clearly Bex
I recently started a dance class and I absolutely LOVE it! It’s great because I get to have an hour a week that’s completely child-free and I feel like I’m getting fit at the same time! Bonus
Louise – With Love From Lou
I joined The WI! With them, I’ve done everything from biscuit decorating to a flash mob. From vintage hairstyles to making nipple tassels. And from Bollywood dancing to skinny dipping! So much more than Jam and Jerusalem!
Penny – Penny Blogs
Tell them I need help with housework, they soon Scarpe!
Erica – The Incidental Parent
I have a season ticket at my local rugby club. It’s something I’ve had since I was 11 and it’s a big part of my life. We sometimes go as a family for day time games, but for the more regular Friday night games I just join my dad and sister and it’s nice to just be “me” not “mum”. It’s also a good excuse to shout and yell and get all my frustrations out!
Jennifer – Mighty Mama Bear
I walk the dogs! I don’t care if it’s -5 or pouring down. It’s my way of getting some time alone
Tina – Girls Gospel
I go to the gym. It’s my escapism. I stick in my headphones, work out, de-stress and zone out for 30-60 mins a few times a week
Victoria – Travel Vixta
I have started volunteering with our local BBC Radio station. It’s a fab way to get a few hours to myself and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do too.
Tina – Mum Founded
I go out and meet with my girlfriends. We kill time in restaurants just chatting and laughing. Sometimes, I do my me-time in a supermarket doing the groceries.
Veronica – My Parenting Journey
Some other me-time ideas I thought of are:
- Enrol in a night or weekend course at your local college. Is there a skill you have always wanted to learn or improve upon?
- Start a new hobby – sewing, knitting??
- Cinema date – or alone, why not?
- Window shopping, who am I kidding, actual shopping!
- Lunch or dinner date.
- Reading or writing.
- Check out StubHub for some concerts coming up.
- Exhibition – such as the good food show/ clothes show. This can easily be booked in advance so you have something to look forward to.
- Yoga/ Pilates
- As mentioned above, a spa morning/ day/ weekend. Check out Groupon for some great deals.
- Festival – another great one that can be booked in advance.
- Cycling – find some local cycle tracks in your area.
- Do a jigsaw puzzle
- Get a puzzle book for some word searches/ sudoku/ crosswords etc.
- Indoor Skiing
- Have a lie-in.
- A City Maze
- Go to an Escape Room
- Book you and a friend on a helicopter ride
- Go on an experience day
- Take up a new sport such as Golf or Tennis
- Have a good old Netflix binge
- Do some baking
- Or my favourite me-time ideas….. do absolutely nothing! Why not right?!