*A post in collaboration with Rennie®
Being a Mum is pretty much more than I thought it would ever be. It has been one of my most incredible experiences to date and I love hearing my little boy calling me Mummy every single day. Every day is filled with new challenges as I struggle to combine being a working busy Mum and providing for my family. The days go by so, so fast and I feel like I’m on the go every single minute. Don’t get me wrong it’s incredibly rewarding but it’s utterly exhausting.
Rennie® recently got in touch and asked me for my top tips for being a busy Mum for ‘life on the go’ and it took me a while to think up what my top tips were. I’m very good at giving advice to friends and family and love to problem solve like a pro but often forget to remember what my own advice is. What’s that saying? “Do as I say, not as I do!”
However after thinking long and hard about how I manage life on the go I’ve pulled together my five top tips that I put into practice every day to help with my busy lifestyle;
- Prepare lunches and clothes the night before – I’m a bit of a bed hog and getting out of my warm cosy bed in the morning is a bit of a task. Having prepared the lunches and ironed all the clothes for everyone the night before is a brilliant time saver meaning all I need to do in the morning is get dressed, washed and have breakfast. No rushing around looking for clothes to wear and waiting five minutes for the iron to warm up or chopping up a salad at before seven in the morning.
- Drink plenty of water – Keeping hydrated can be a huge task, life is so busy that sometimes you can forget to have a drink but if you start the day with a glass of water, it can really give you a boost for the whole day ahead. I take a litre bottle of water everywhere with me and like to sip it through the day. It helps give me a clear head, keeps me away from the caffeine and is great for my skin too!
- Be prepared – With parties galore at this time of year, heartburn and a bloated stomach is something I really suffer with. As much as I’d like to say restrict the foods you know will affect you, life is too short to go without the good stuff and sometimes a little of what you fancy won’t hurt. Keep a box of Rennie® in your handbag or in the medicine cupboard for when you need some fast-acting relief from heartburn, indigestion or trapped wind.
- Accept help when offered – I used to think I could do it all but in reality you really can’t. If you’re offered help whether it’s support with work, Grandparents helping out with childcare or ordering a food shop online, take it! My Sister recently gave me a voucher for my birthday for help round the house, I hate ironing, she loves it! I hate cleaning the bathroom, she loves it so have gratefully let her help me out, she’s the best!
- Say No – You don’t have to do it all. Sometimes you have to take time for yourself and accept that as much as you’d like to, you can’t do it all successfully. Make a list of your priorities and when presented with an opportunity to go out, see someone, do something new, decide if it’s something that will add value to your life and make a decision. Sometimes we have to say no, it’s liberating and will help you re-evaluate what’s important. Be kind and make time for yourself.
This post is in conjunction with Rennie® but all thoughts are my own