A friend of mine recently had her third baby. Well, if you call 10 months ago recent. 3 girls under the age of 6 and a husband who frequently travels overseas, she’s snowed under with the all consuming life of a mother; preparing meals, taxiing to and from schools and daycare centres, ensuring the household is running smoothly.
Without a moment’s rest, she’s constantly got a baby on her hip and a toddler wrapped around her legs begging for equal attention.
We finally spoke for the first time in months the other day and caught onto the topic of general health checks. Sadly she couldn’t recall the last time she went to the doctor’s for her own wellbeing and not the children’s.
“You know, I haven’t even had time for a haircut,” she sighed.
“No, no, no…that’s not good enough!” was my adamant reply.
But truth be told, I completely understood her current standing. As much as I wanted to give her some advice, I knew it’s not what she was looking for.
Leading a busy and hectic life as a mum, we often forget our own needs. And there’s usually no one to remind or push us to do something good for ourselves.
Whether that’s to go to the hairdresser’s, get a massage or even a trip to the café for a dose of caffeine and a simple hour of peace.
Entering the third year of motherhood, I’ve become a strong advocate in the belief that if I’m not in my best physical and mental health, I’m doing my family a disservice.
I need to look after me, in order to look after them.
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