5 Simple Ways To Nurture Your Spark!

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“What would you like for Mother’s Day?” my husband asked me recently.

“Nothing much” I say “Coffee in bed, a family bike ride and perhaps a little bit a quiet time for myself?”

As the mother of three young children I know how hard it is to find time to nurture my own needs. I have also learned that a little time for myself is essential to ensuring I maintain my spark, that part inside of me that shines in my eyes even on a tough day.

Mums often feel guilty or selfish for wanting some time for themselves but I can assure you that taking time to nurture your own spark is one of the best parenting investments you can make. Happy Mum = Happy Family.

 

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HERE ARE 5 SIMPLE WAYS YOU CAN NURTURE YOUR SPARK:

  1. ME TIME – ask for it

The yearning for your own time and space is something you don’t comprehend until you are a mother. You need to be willing to ask for what you need. Ask for some support to have some time for your own needs.

 

  1. Pampering in 5 minutes or less

If you are anything like me the idea of heading off for a long massage or facial sounds like a dream that never actually comes true. Instead I focus on ways to pamper myself in the time it takes for a Peppa Pig episode to occupy my kids. Such as:

  • A hot shower with a delicious body scrub
  • Paint my toenails
  • Lie with my legs up the wall (yoga pose)
  • Hand massage with some nice hand cream

 

  1. Head to bed early

Many elements of being a Mum that make me tired are outside of my control – a child waking in the night and only wanting Mum, the early starts, and the non-stop demands of young children. When I am tired I am a cranky Mum with no spark at all.

Heading to bed early a few nights a week, perhaps with a good book, does wonders for my energy, patience and spark.

 

  1. Phone a friend

I have lost count of the number of half-finished sentences I have shared with friends since becoming a mother. Meaningful conversation cut short by the cry of a child or the hand tugging on my skirt.

Finding ways to get some sacred time (no kids) with friends does wonders for my spark.

 

  1. Get grounded

This is the fastest way to slow down my busy mind and reconnect with my sparkle. Simply head outside, take off your shoes and stand on the ground (grass is nicest). Arms relaxed by your side, close your eyes and breathe deeply for 5 minutes.

Even if a child interrupts me after 1 minutes this practice does me the world of good.

Whatever you get for Mother’s Day this year, I hope it nurtures your spark!

 

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Linda Anderson is Mum to three beautiful daughters, a Life Coach, the founder of Linda on the Go and creator of the online program 5 Minutes 4 Mum .

 

 

 

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