Don’t know how to prioritize yourself? That’s no surprise. As a mum, your entire way of being is focused on making sure everyone else is ok first. Racing between work, school pick up and after-school activities. Worrying about where everyone needs to be and what they’re doing. Not to mention running a house and juggling your own career or business.
What happens if you don’t prioritize yourself? Unless you make that time for yourself, there’s no way you’ll be about to continue giving to others around you. Ever heard the saying, ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup?’ That’s exactly what it’s like!
A mums retreat is a great way to fill back up your cup. It’s so much more than a ‘girl’s weekend away’. It’s an opportunity to give back to yourself! The benefits of a mums’ retreat include…
1. Building well-being through connection
Mum’s retreat is a great way to meet friendly faces, build strong bonds and learn from one another. Having a relaxed environment, sharing meals and doing fun activities creates plenty of opportunities for connections to grow. Not a single team building game was used just good old fashion talking and laughing. You can also actually have a proper meaningful conversation, without your kid’s interrupting (imagine that)! Because you don’t have to rush off to anything, you can enjoy the benefits of being present in the moment.
Connecting with others will help build your own well-being. Personal growth happens when you have support, accountability and connection. You’ll have your very own team, cheerleading you on every step of the way. They’ll be there for you when you need some encouragement over the weekend, and when you go back home.
2. Introducing you to new ideas
It can be so hard to try new things for yourself when you’re caught up in mum duties. Mums retreat introduces you to new activities like yoga, yoga nidra and meditation. You get the chance to really unwind, let go and rest. These activities also provide you with new mindful, calming strategies to add to your toolbox when you return.
There are interactive nurturing workshops and activities which introduce mums to a variety of other strategies to help them better cope when life feels overwhelming. Here you will develop life-long skills to help make you are a super mum AND a self-care hero. It’s all about balance!
3. Relaxation and enjoyment
It can be hard to find the time to release all the tension of your busy life. On retreat, you can finally let go of the mental load and worry that you have as a mum. It’s so important to give yourself a break once in a while. Imagine carrying all that weight around forever? You’d barely be able to walk!
Mum’s retreat is all about YOU. You’ll have no-one else to worry about and nothing that needs organising apart from what to wear each day. This break will leave you feeling energised and more focused on what is really important in your life. You’ll have the chance to refuel so you can get back to managing all those amazing things you do for your family.
4. Giving back to yourself
Say THANKS to your mind and body for giving you the gift of yourself! Giving to yourself is just as important as giving to others. If you don’t, how can you expect to be able to keep giving so much? Take the time to think just about yourself, and give your mind and body just what it’s asking for.
Mum’s retreat is an opportunity for you to start giving back to yourself through relaxation, connection, laughter and learning. It’s not just about the weekend of the retreat, it’s about developing new skills and habits that are making your life easier and more enjoyable. Unless you start to prioritise yourself, life will carry on as it is and you’ll keep finding yourself burnt-out.
Take time. Breathe. Rest. Re-fuel. Re-take your life!
The 2019 Mums’ Revive Retreat is open. Click HERE to find out more.
Thanks to Ange from Ange Rae Photography for all the beautiful photos. Thanks to Tess from Bella-Esque Dance for the surprise and delight Saturday night activity.
Mums are constantly putting their needs after everyone else’s because they feel guilty. This is the number 1 reason I hear from mums every day as a wellness coach. It is understandable why some many mums find it challenging to put themselves first and make time for self-care. Guilt is not a nice feeling. To deal with guilt we avoid things that cause it. No wonder so many mums struggle to incorporate self-care.
Why mums need self-care
You’ll feel calmer and more energized.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed with a to-do list as long as their arm your body goes into fight or flight mode which affects your health. You can’t think straight, your immune system shuts down, and your digestive system stops absorbing the nutrients it needs. If you can incorporate movement, mindfulness or gratitude into your day you will decrease the feeling of stress and have more energy.
Your mood flows onto the whole family.
Mums are the centre of most families if you are feeling happy then everyone around you will also. Happiness is contagious.
A happier, less stressed mum is more fun to be around.
You really can’t be present with your kids or enjoy time with them if you are rushing and juggling too many things.
You’re able to give again to those around you.
Mums are constantly giving their time, energy, and patience. It’s just not possible to continually keep giving. Eventually, that feeling of frustration and of being overwhelmed can push you to snap!
A great role model.
When kids see you prioritising yourself they’ll start to do the same. If you’re always giving you’re telling your kids that to love someone you need to sacrifice yourself and your wellbeing.
The number 1 reason WHY mums DON'T take time out for themselves. These are 5 BENEFITS you might be surprised to hear. Use an emoji to show how full your cup is?
Posted by Simply Happy Wellness Coaching on Thursday, 17 May 2018
As a wellness coach and a mum to two kids, one who is autistic I know the importance of putting yourself first. I work with mums all the time that feel overwhelmed by having so much on their plate. I help them deal with the challenges and still be the best version of themselves. I’ve designed the Mums’ Revive Retreat & Mums’ Mini-Retreat so that you can start to put yourself first. Click here to find out more.
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