As wonderful as motherhood is, a lot does change and that takes some adjusting to! I often find myself putting on the same combinations of jeans and t-shirts or jumpers each day. Once I’ve finished work, I slap on some concealer and foundation, quickly put a brush through my hair and rush off to collect Autumn from her childminder. With all the additional things to do in my daily life, I’ve definitely not taken care of myself as much. I’ve been meaning to paint my nails for weeks now, but they’re still bare. Does this sound like you?
It’s so important as mums to give ourselves a bit of self care, in whatever form that comes. This post is about 3 things I do to feel a bit more like “myself” in 15 minutes and hopefully it will inspire you too! After all, surely 15 minutes is achievable every once in a while?
I’ve come to realise that I can’t do all of my make up in just 5 minutes! Most days I only get only a couple of minutes, hence why I just fix up my skin as I’m very self-conscious of it. However, if I found 5 minutes to do it, I could add a lashing of mascara and put on some lipstick. I love a bright lip and red in particular always makes me feel more like “me”.
Do you tend to just put the same combinations of clothing on? Take some time to look in your wardrobe and think outside the box. Is there something else you can put on to mix things up a bit? If not, consider buying something new that will make you feel amazing, if your budget will allow. I feel so much more confident and less drab if I’m wearing something different to my usual “mum uniform” of jeans and a t-shirt.
Alternatively, think about accessories. I often forget to accessorise or simply don’t find the time. However, they can really add to an outfit and give it a new lease of life.
The mum bun is called the mum bun for a reason! The hair scooped on top of the head into a bun is a staple of the modern mother. While I’m quite a fan of it myself, I have worked out other styles I can do quickly too. If I whip out my GHDs and let them heat up while I’m brushing my teeth, I can give myself a full head of tousled curls in just under 5 minutes. See what you can do with your hair in 5 minutes, given the chance. You might just be surprised!
Failing that, if you can’t find 15 minutes, you could listen to some music that makes you feel good! Some happy, energetic tunes should brighten up the school run or help you smile through the toddler food throwing fest.
What would you do with your 15 minutes to help you feel like you’re still “you”, not just “mum”?