Updated: Jun 5, 2019
I fully believe that a happy Mum means a happy family and live by the saying “You can’t pour from an empty cup”.
It’s so important to look after yourself, treat yourself and make time for yourself in order to be the best version of you and be able to take care of your family in the ways you want to.
When I became a Mum for the first time, I struggled emotionally and physically – I had a difficult and long birth and it took me a long time to realise that I needed to look after me as well as my new baby. Naturally the focus goes onto your child, but finding a balance to look after your physical and emotional wellbeing enables you to be the best mum you can be.
I run my own business, Halia Rose, which is focused on helping mums look, but more importantly, feel good through stylish and practical products and accessories. I love the flexibility of working for myself, but it often means late nights and the potential for never switching off. I have to be really disciplined on making the time for me, especially with a husband and two young children to juggle as well! There is always something to do on the business and I only work 3 days a week (I look after my young daughter the other days), but exercise is my way of relieving stress and I really notice my mood changing if I don't do it, so I’m a much better person (and mum!) if I make the time to do it. I try to schedule in at least 2 runs and a yoga class a week. I’ve also made a date with a bubble bath once a week to really switch off! I also love a great deep-tissue massage to relieve any knots or tired muscles, especially now my children are getting bigger (and heavier!).
I also love taking the time to make tasty and healthy food …I always have much more energy when I fuel myself with good meals. I think it’s really important to look after yourself from the inside as well as the outside (I’m also a qualified massage therapist too and have a huge passion for health & wellness so my knowledge as definitely helped remind me of looking after and taking care of myself). I’ve also been trying to be more mindful and recognize that taking time out for me doesn’t have to be a whole day or even a long period of time…appreciating the little moments in the every day such as the way your child smile’s or appreciating beautiful sunset… or even stopping to enjoy a hot cup of tea (Yes, a hot one!) can have a massive difference on our emotional wellbeing and how we feel about things.
Written by Sarah Cooke
Wife and Mum to two children (aged 5 and 3years old)
Owner of Halia Rose www.haliarose.co.uk
Founder of the Feel Good Mums Hub www.facebook.com/groups/871619906561076
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