When was the last time you did something for yourself? Finding it hard to remember? Don’t worry, you’re not strange, you’re not a minority and you’re not alone…you’re a mum! And if you’re anything like us then you’ll also be finding it hard to believe that it’s already the end of April! Where are the weeks/months going?!
We seriously feel as though we have not stopped since Christmas but looking back, it’s hard to remember exactly what we have done all year (besides performing a million tasks every single day!) Our lives are moving forward at this extremely rapid pace yet when we stop and reflect, it feels as though we, as mums, are standing still. Does that make sense?
It’s just so easy as a mum to put everyone else’s needs in the family before your own. You’re driving to soccer training and dancing, you’re doing the school run, the groceries, the doctors appointments and by the time you finally get home and sit down for the night (after making the kids dinner, bathing them and putting them to bed!) you’re just exhausted! So the things you did have planned for yourself just don’t happen, and it’s like that week after week.
It’s Monday and then before you know it, it’s Friday and you think to your self, how the hell did that happen?! You look back on the week and feel like you have achieved absolutely nothing (well, aside keeping the kids alive!) and then it starts all over again and again, the same old stagnant routine.
It really is so easy to just completely burn out both mentally and physically as we continue to give, give, give to the daily grind yet we rarely take the time to take a step back and look after ourselves.
So what can we do about it? Well, ladies, for the sake of our minds, bodies and spirits (sanity and relationships!) and in appreciation of mums everywhere who continue to sacrifice their own interests for the sake of teeny tiny humans, we have decided to run a campaign for the month of May called “May is for Me” encouraging all mums to start doing something for themselves again no matter how big or small it may be.
Our aim is that this movement will encourage other mums to do the same, stopping the guilt associated with doing something for ourselves. This may be as simple as taking a gym or yoga class, finally picking up that book you’ve been meaning to read, going for a nice long walk on the beach, sitting down with a cup of tea and a magazine, cooking a recipe that you have been wanting to try, booking a spa treatment, getting your hair done, signing up to a short course or even having a girls night away!
No matter how big or small, the idea behind the campaign is for you to simply stop, take a breath and do something nice for yourself, rekindling your inner spirit, remembering that you are a human being with a real first name and not just “mum.”
Keep an eye out for lots of fun blogs, daily tips, interviews with inspiring mums, and giveaways on Mama loves to share throughout the month of May and make sure you tag us in your pics as well as hashtag #mayisforme so that we can share your ‘May is for Me’ moments and remind fellow mamas everywhere that it’s OK to put yourself first and do something for yourself.
Helen & Lisa xo