Whether you’re a stay-at-home or a working mum, you will always find yourself racing with time. A typical day may consist of school runs and playdates, running errands and doing chores. Maintaining a house for a family is never an easy job. Feeding, cleaning, ironing, and all the tasks that consume your 24-hour day, leave you drained yet longing for time to yourself. If Gwyneth Paltrow can do it, you can do. Here’s how to make time for you… 

Having it all is almost possible; you just need some ‘you time’. Here’s how to do it without having to escape to a mountain top…

1. Snooze

You’re probably exhausted and need to catch up on some zzz’s. Sleep re-energises the body and brain so you can wake up fresh and ready for another day.

2. Catch up with some friends

Spend time catching up on the latest news and gossip with friends you have not had the chance to see. Enjoy some girly time over a  morning coffee or an afternoon tea.

3. Fall in love with your old hobby

Be it painting, writing, or crafting, pick your old hobby and learn to love it again.

4. Soak up the sun

It probably has been a long time since you’ve had the chance to just chill by the pool or beach. Getting a suntan without the constant watching over children and worrying about them can be a challenge. Grab the opportunity of having a few extra hours and soak up the sun.

5. Go for a walk, read a book

One of the most peaceful things you can offer yourself is solitude with a book. Go for a day walk, find a bench, relax and read.

6. Treat yourself to a spa treatment

Opt for a longer treatment, because you can. Enjoy a day at the spa getting pampered and spoilt. Free time well spent.

7. Pamper yourself at home

While you might have few extra hours to yourself, you may just want to stay at home. Prepare a scented bath, decorate with rose petals, put on a facial mask and enjoy a worry-free time.

8. Catch up on soaps and television

Put the kids to bed and do not worry about any household cleaning. Enjoy catching up on your favourite soaps and television shows undisturbed.

No matter what you decide to do, be it relaxing at home, catching up with friends or getting pampered, it is about reclaiming that part of you that could get lost within the chaos of the day. Helpling (the global marketplace for cleaning services) helps you claim more of your me-time.