In this busy mama life we lead, it seems that trying to claw back five for ourselves to do anything is a monumentous task in itself. But what if I told you that it didn’t have to be that way? How about if I said – hey mama! guess what, with a little bit of orchestration there are quite a few ways you can ‘Take Five’ for yourself, every day if you wanted. Yes, really!
Today I am supporting Take Five to Stop Fraud – a national campaign from Financial Fraud Action UK (part of UK Finance) and the UK Government, backed by the banking industry coming together to tackle fraud, that offers advice to help consumers prevent financial fraud – on ways you can ‘Take Five’ for yourself. Firstly of course, you’ll need to take five to read this…
I know – we all want a few extra minutes in bed but sometimes that can make the start of the day a lot more stressful! As mamas, we need to take whatever me time we can get, and if that means setting your alarm five minutes earlier so you can wake up and collect your thoughts before a little person comes bounding in and jumping on your head, then so be it. Remember, how you start the day sets you up for what’s to come, so setting up those five precious moments before all hell breaks loose can make all the difference.
Take some deep breaths
The good news it that this can be done as part of waking up those five moments earlier! Or really at any time of the day when you have five. Simply close your eyes, and take some nice even breaths to help restore your balance – so in for the count of four and out for the count of four. It’s amazing how taking five to do this can make you feel like a new person again (well, almost!).
Do some exercise
It’s that old chestnut – but I don’t have time to exercise! We’ve all been there, and we have all said it. Taking five to exercise is so vital to our mental and physical well being and the good news is that five minutes exercise a day can actually be better than thirty minutes of exercise a day – hurrah! Thankfully, my go-to resource for at home workouts YouTube is crammed full of fab five minute workouts so you know…there’s really no excuse. Just saying.
Have a five minute digital detox
How many times have you found that amazingly you have five minutes to yourself yet annoyingly waste them on social media? Turn off your tech for five minutes (or more!) and I’m betting that you will create AT LEAST five for yourself by not wasting precious free time down the rabbit warren that is social media.
Enjoy your meal
When you’re a busy mum, often meals are just a function, something you prepare and inhale quickly so that you can hurry yourself along to the next task. Breakfasts and dinners are always anarchy, but if you have kids at school, make lunch your time to shine. Get a recipe bank of super delicious and healthy five minute meals (and treats!) you can prepare to have either at home or somewhere that is not your desk. Sit down and really savour the food, rather than wolfing it down. Really try to take in the smell and taste and eat it purposefully.
Think before you act
As mums we are absolutely rushed off our feet trying to cram several roles into one. More often than not, we don’t have time to think before we act, or speak. We often don’t think at all! I know this only to well and it can sometimes mean that our better judgement doesn’t have time to surface and we may do or say things we might regret. This might be losing it with our children, making a bad judgement about something we had to do that day, or being careless with someone close to us. Unfortunately, when we don’t think before we act, we can often make mistakes and errors or judgement.
As part of the Take Five campaign which offers advice to help consumers prevent financial fraud, – particularly where criminals impersonate trusted organisations – we are urging mums to ‘Take Five’ to remember the simple fact that there are sophisticated scams out there run by criminals that can catch out even savvy consumers. Thankfully, there are ways to confidently protect yourself from fraud, which start with taking five and remembering a simple principle: ‘My money? My info? I don’t think so’.
Always take five to remember:
- A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you asking for your PIN, full password or to move money to a safe account. Don’t give out personal or financial details.
- Not to be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
- To always question uninvited approaches and never give out personal or financial details, in case it’s a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.
You can find out more information on how you can take five to protect yourself from fraud at the Take Five to Stop Fraud website here.
Don’t curse the queues
You know how it goes – we’re stuck in a queue in the supermarket, or in a traffic jam and what do we do? Start muttering under our breath about what a waste of time this is. But what if we flipped things on its head? If you are child-free at the time (my heart goes out to you if you’re not because we all know what that’s like!), then why not turn it into the opportunity to take five for yourself. The perfect time to try out some of the deep breathing I mentioned above!
Take a detour through some greenery
We’re rushing here, we’re rushing there, we’re rushing nearly everywhere! Life as a mum means being on fast forward 99 per cent of the time. By the time you’ve completed a week’s work of school runs you are practically morphing into a living embodiment of Challenge Anneka. So if you can at all, take five to make a little detour through your local bit of greenery – whether it’s on the way back from the school run, or on your lunch break at work. The benefits of being outdoors in nature are priceless.
Smell that coffee
Coffee – the elixir or life to most of us mums. Yet how often do we REALLY enjoy that coffee rather than just knocking it back like mama fuel? When was the last time your stopped to smell that amazing coffee aroma? Or really lingered over that lovely earthy taste? I bet you can’t remember can you? That’s ok, neither can I. So let’s make a pact to take five to savour our next cup of coffee okay?
Make a bedtime ritual
Let’s face it, by the end of the day us mamas are bushed. We could star fish at a bus shelter we’re so tired. But this is your time to take five. Create some space to unwind – whether it’s a luxurious bath, a comforting foot soak, lighting a candle, doing some bedtime yoga, popping on a face mask, doing a simple gratitude practice, or even just blobbing in front of your favourite Netflix series in your jammies with a big tub of ice cream. Don’t just finish the chores and crash. Take five to pamper yourself in whatever way you fancy, because you’ve totally earned it!
For more ideas on how to take five for yourself why not check out my Pinterest Board packed full of more ideas on how you can take five for yourself here.
Do you try to take five for yourself? What other suggestions for taking five would you add to this list? Do leave a comment and share.
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