Being a mum can often feel like a constant uphill struggle to provide the best possible care for your children while also looking after yourself. Often it is the latter that takes up most of your time and effort, leaving you with very little me-time. Of course, being a parent, and a mother means that your children take precedence most, if not all of the time, and this is because of the love you have for them. It is, however, important to look after yourself if you want to be able to look after other people, and will give you an even greater sense of satisfaction and happiness if you do some things for yourself as well as for others.

Having me-time will mean different things for different people, and it might be small luxuries that can make you feel human again, and take you away from some of the stresses that come with being a mother. There are many ways to make you feel slightly more human on those days where you simply need to leave the laundry, step away from a pile of dishes and have some time to yourself.

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Bring a sense of sophistication into your life by re-decorating your bedroom. This is a space that you can make your own, and once your children are sleeping through the night (and in their beds), this is the perfect time to re-invent yourself and take control of your sleeping arrangements once and for all. Choose curtains that best reflect your style as well as being practical, preferably blackout curtains, which will ensure you get a good night’s sleep.

Investing in a stylish yet comfortable bed can make you feel like a million dollars, and can act as a great centerpiece for your room. Take a look at these modern leather beds for some inspiration on what kind of options you can have for your bedroom.

Spend a day, or afternoon by yourself or with a friend doing something just for yourself. If you can’t manage a weekend getaway, then an afternoon or evening without the kids is a good way to spend some time doing something that you might not ordinarily be able to do with your children. This might mean treating yourself to a shopping spree without worrying about where the kids are, who’s hungry and who needs a wee, or maybe going to a park and reading a book for a few hours. The most important thing is that you get some time to breathe, think and wind down.

Pick up old (or new) hobbies. There may be things that you thought you had left behind for good once you became a mum. Among the many hobbies and clubs that your children may have, it is very easy to forget that you have some of your own. So, pick up where you left off and some time focusing on the things that you have a passion for, this might be cycling, hiking, painting or even upcycling! Don’t be afraid to take on new things that might interest or intrigue you as well; it’s never to learn a new skill or hobby!

Exercise and get your sweat on. Getting into a fitness routine is a great way to spend a few hours to yourself while getting fit. Countless studies have also proven that exercising makes you feel much happier as you release endorphins when you exercise. So, tone up and take time out at your local gym, out in the park or even at home before the kids wake up. For a less intense workout try meditation or yoga as a way of practicing mindfulness and relaxing your mind as well as your body.

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