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How to look after yourself when your life with kids is hectic

A reminder to the mummas of the world… you can’t take care of others unless you take care of yourself. I know this always sounds easier said than done, but I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t personally understand it.

I get how hard it is to do the things just to keep up with life with kids during the day and some days you get to the end of it and wonder where the day went!  I know how it feels to want to make everyone else a priority and leave yourself to last… but if you don’t put your oxygen mask on first you can’t help others with theirs.

So schedule the time out for yourself in for the week and take it, without guilt because your time isn’t a selfish choice – it’s the healthiest choice you can make for you and for your family.

Single parents I know your situation too, trust me, I was one for a VERY long time before I met my now partner and the guilt of stepping away from Jet was tremendous but I persevered with asking for help to have the time out because I knew I could do more for him, for me and for us as a unit if I had a moment – even just 30 minutes in my day or every few days sometimes – to refresh.

I ask you now mummas (and pappas who are reading this and need to support the mum and/or take time out for themselves too!) how are you going to look after yourself this week?

Maybe it’s time out of the house on your own.

Maybe it’s just making sure you get to have a nice long shower, do a body scrub and mask for 30 minutes in silence whilst the kids are taken out of the house.

Maybe it’s a wine with a friend.

Maybe it’s the gym or yoga or whatever the way you move your body makes you happiest.

Maybe it’s leaving all the house work for a morning in favour of getting out of the house.

Maybe it’s window shopping.

Maybe it’s walk with an awesome podcast.

This past week for me…

I jumped in the ocean once, and I hope to do it again on the weekend. I slotted in my legs up the wall whilst lying on the bolster for 3 minutes at the end of each day.

I had 2 runs – one on the soft sand (my favourite place to feel more human again) and one with my dog along the coast.

And this weekend whilst we’re on a little road trip I’ve locked in a pit stop at a new cafe on the South Coast that is receiving BANGIN reviews to fuel some of my passion whilst my boys surf. Everyone wins on this one!





Jacqueline Alwill

Jacqueline is an Accredited Nutritional Medicine Practitioner specialising in family and early childhood nutrition and gut health. She writes for several media publications, hosts a regular nutrition segment on Channel 7 and in 2016 published her first book, "Seasons to Share" (Murdoch Books). Jacqueline is passionate about working with corporations and brands to support and educate their community and audience and is currently a media spokesperson and ambassador for Remedy Drinks, Eimele Australia, Woolworths, Kitchenaid and Nutrition Director at Bondi Bubs Wholefoods. She is mum to Jet and outside her working hours you'll find her with her family in the surf, on the beach, or out and about in nature.

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