What a strange, scary time we’re living in. Confined to our homes unless we need essentials for an unknown duration. It’s enough to make even the most introvert of us get cabin fever.
My Husband, Dean, is a Key Worker, so I’m solo parenting a lot at the moment whilst he’s at work. I love spending time with our toddler, Teddy, but being home with him 24/7 has put me at the bottom of the priority list.
On Dean’s rare days off, I’m trying to escape for some much needed Me Time where possible. I recently read that you shouldn’t class things like cooking dinner, showering and doing the shopping as Me Time, and to some extent I agree. However, having a long shower with the time to use a face mask, do my skincare routine and style my hair makes me feel like a new woman. If I can have a bubble bath, surrounded by scented candles, reading a book, even better.
I also find cooking a meal from scratch so relaxing. We do parts of it as a family so that Teddy feels like he’s included too. Although, he’s only trusted with the mixing! We’ve tried lots of new recipes recently as it’s one of the things we can still do indoors. It’s making us use up things in the cupboard that may have just sat there for a while and it cuts down our need to go shopping. My baking still leaves a lot to be desired though!! I just can’t stop my cakes from sinking in the middle. Any tips welcome.
And don’t get me started on ‘Mummy’s Holiday’ to the supermarket!!! An hour, strolling up and down the aisles, on my own. It’s pure bliss.
After a few weeks cooped up, I needed to get moving, the daily walks we’re allotted weren’t doing enough for my body. So, I started the 30 Day Yoga Challenge by Yoga With Adrienne – All of her yoga videos on Youtube are free to access. Teddy started trying to copy what I was doing too so it has become something that we do together each morning and a gentle, positive way to start each day. It has helped manage my fibromyalgia pain and gives me some peace in the chaos of life with a toddler.
On the topic of moving your body, dancing it out always helps! When we need lifting up, we get the disco lights out, put the music on loud and dance like no one is watching. I’m a Beyonce fan but Teddy favours Justin Fletcher so we have to compromise….and listen to the kiddy songs! Teddy is getting some serious moves with all this practice and hearing him belly laugh just makes my day.
We’ve also subscribed to Disney+ and Teddy is now obsessed with Toy Story and Cars, so we watch movies several times a day. Usually the same ones, but it gives me a chance to have a cuppa and message my friends.
But, the most important tip I could give you to get some Me Time whilst in lockdown is to stay connected. Keep in touch with family and friends. Book in a movie night with your best pals (maybe when the kids have gone to bed), or do a family quiz night. Just because we can’t see each other in person, it doesn’t mean we can’t do things together.