Taking time for yourself

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By Melissa Meehan

Mums sometimes need a break.

It’s a fact, and more and more women are finally realising it.

They are losing the mum guilt and recognising that they shouldn’t be the bottom of the pile in terms of looking after themselves.

And Upwey mum Sinead Phillips says that is something worth celebrating.

The local travel agent strongly believes that this break shouldn’t come in 10 minute bursts while rushing to the toilet alone.

But instead actual time our away from the family and home.

“I think women are starting to take more time for themselves and I think that is because they are getting more help at home which is great,” she said.

“The old theory that mum is the housewife and everything else around the house is gone.

“And there is a focus on not just physical health and mental health too.

“It’s just so good to see the old clichés getting driven out.”

Of course there will always be some that can’t shake the mum guilt – but more and more women are taking some time out for themselves.

For some it’s going for a run, taking a yoga class, having a glass of wine – or going out for a delicious meal.

But there is no doubt that wellbeing looks different for everyone.

That’s why Sinead started her own side hustle called Mumscapes.

A chance for women with shared experiences to get away and relax.

“I don’t believe health retreats are the be all and end all,” she said.

“It’s all about reconnecting and recharging – and something magical happens when women get together.”

She said that, especially post-Covid, so many women are trapped behind their computers, laptops and other devices that often they’ve lost a sense of connection.

“So by women actually coming together, face to face, and letting their guard down – they are making an investment in themselves,” she said.

“You can’t fill everyone else’s cup if yours is empty.”

Sinead is hoping that mums realise that 10 minutes to yourself, or even going to do the grocery shopping isn’t a break.

“You need more than that,” she said.

“I want women to realise that they are worth more than that.

“It takes a village to raise a child – but it’s the same to have a happy life.”