10 ways you can feel better in 10 minutes!

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Being a mum can strip you of your energy, leave you feeling wiped out and disorganised. That in itself wouldn't be too bad if it wasn't for the fact that you almost never get time to yourself. Getting just 10 minutes to yourself is near impossible but if you can swing it then here's 10 ways you can feel better in those 10 minutes.

It will help you smile again and maybe even make your days a little bit easier.



Take a shower






A simple (and quick!) shower may be all you need to feel better. Wash away the day, give yourself 10 minutes and enjoy the peace.






  • To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. 

Buddha







Clear out a kitchen cupboard.


It may sound dull but clearing out a cupboard can be quite therapeutic. I did this recently with a cupboard that I'd been hoarding old baby cutlery in. Can you believe I still had sippy cups and bottles and LP is now 8 years old! I was so ashamed of myself!

I tell you what though, clearing out that cupboard felt so good. I got rid of the things I didn't need (a LOT of baby things!) and made space for the things I do need and use. It brightened my day and made me feel like I'd done something productive.

So why don't you pick one of those cupboards you've been ignoring and clear it out. You'll be surprised the difference it can make.







Sort out your wardrobe






Take out winter clothes (or summer, depending on the season) to make room for your spring wardrobe. Throw away clothes you haven't worn in years, anything you'll never wear again, and make space for new purchases!

We all like an excuse to go shopping right?!







Plan a room makeover


Whether it's a real makeover plan or just for fun planning what you'll do is sure to make you feel both motivated and happy. Choosing paint or wallpaper, adding your own unique touch to your home, is a wonderful feeling. Picking out furniture or ornaments, flowers or paintings, it's all fun.

Even more fun is planning what you would do with a room if budget wasn't an issue. Let your imagination run free, pick out all the things you always wanted and dream big!







Put on make-up




A touch of foundation, mascara and lippy. That's what I do. If I'm feeling down, or a tad sorry for myself I put make-up on. I may be feeling rubbish but I can at least look a little better when I look in the mirror.

Simple, easy, and you'll be done in 10!







Sit and have a cuppa


No kids (if you can manage it!), just you, your cuppa, and peace. Don't even put the TV on, sit and enjoy the quiet while having a cup of your favourite drink.

Being able to sit quietly and do nothing is not something us mums get to do very often so when you do, enjoy it. Take full advantage of those 10 minutes.







Go for a walk


Fresh air, the great outdoors, nature... it can inspire and brighten your mood. A walk through the woods or at your local park with give the children time to run around but also give you the freedom to breathe fresh air without listening to whining constantly.



I love the occasional walk, especially if it's somewhere the boys can run off for miles (as long as I can still see them). If you're in the Nottingham area Wollaton Park is great for that, the kids can run off as far as they like and you can still see them.

Go somewhere here you can look at the scenery and smile. Trees, gardens, flowers, anything that makes you smile, walk past it and take it in.







10 minutes for your hobby


If it's card-making plan your next card, if it's sketching start your next project or continue your current one. Have 10 minutes doing something you love and wait to see the stress melt away.





  • If you do what you love, it is the best way to relax. 

Christian Louboutin 





Whenever I'm feeling like I need a time out I take a few minutes (sometimes less than 10) and plan my next project. Sketching, card-making, or even writing, it doesn't matter as long as I get time to myself doing something I love to do then I know I'll be happy.







Research a new hobby


As a mum you tend to forget who you are when those little bundles of joy come along. It's so easy to look after the little ones and forget that you used to love doing something. You don't allow time for yourself and as a result all those hobbies you had disappear.

Take 10 minutes whenever you can to find a new hobby. If you don't have any idea then search the internet, you could even check out my post on hobby ideas. Think of the things you enjoy doing and see if there's a hobby that incorporates those things.

My hobbies include card-making, sketching, stamping, and writing. I get plenty of time for most of them but even when the boys are at school every day I make sure to get some time doing what I love.







If all else fails...





Lock yourself in the bathroom and put earplugs in. Take a book or a kindle with you, your phone even, and read or browse Facebook while getting a few minutes to yourself. Try to forget being 'mum' for a while.







Being a mum is a 24/7 job, but that doesn't mean you're not entitled to breaks. Take time for yourself - you, and your family, will feel better for it!


I hope I've helped you think of ways to get 10 minutes to yourself, and given you reasons why you should!
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22 comments:

  1. It is such a good reminder to allow just a little time for your hobby, and it really does work at making you feel better!

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  2. Good ideas here. Cleaning the cupboards and cleaning out the closet reminded me of nesting the last month of pregnancy. :) #PoCoLo

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    1. Haha, yep I remember doing that then too Stephanie. :)

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  3. Great ideas...I always try to take some self for my time every day. I like to play Candy crush or a game on my phone just to relax.
    #PoCoLo

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    1. Thanks Kim. Oh yes, games on the phone or iPad are great for just "letting go"... *cue Elsa singing the Frozen song!* ;)

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  4. Even just ten minutes to myself helps refresh me if I feel I'm slacking - I agree with putting on make up though, that. makes me feel more human immediately! #pocolo

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    1. I've noticed the make up thing more as I've got older. I didn't use to be bothered but now the boys don't need me as much and I have more time in a morning I feel like I can use that time to put make up on. It's quite refreshing. :)

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  5. I've never put a box over my head, but sometimes it seems like a really good plan! Love these :) It's often the little things that make such a difference. (I'm relaxing right now!)

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    1. LOL hun! I don't remember putting a box over my head either but sometimes it seems like the only way to get any time alone! ;)

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  6. You're so right about the cupboard and yes, I've got a few of those! Reading a book and enjoying a cuppa with no phone are my idea of bliss. Thanks for hosting #pocolo

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    1. No phone?! I'm not sure I could do that! My phone is never far away from me. However, I do feel strangely free when I forget where it is. Maybe I'll try leaving it behind sometimes. ;)

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  7. Guess where I am right now. Locked in the bathroom! Now you got me eyeballing the shower. Sure looks good over there. But my 10 minutes are almost up and I can only stay in here for so long before my other half starts getting suspicious. #PoCoLo

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    1. Oh hun I do hope you got to have that shower! I'd just claim to have an upset tummy and grab that shower while I could... maybe next time? ;)

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  8. Love the ideas you've mentioned here. #PoCoLo

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    1. Thanks Helena, hope you're getting some 'me' time. xx

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  9. 7 of those would work for me but I'll leave you to guess which 3 definitely would not ;) #pocolo

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    1. Hehe, I think I can pick out at least one... ;) xx

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  10. Sorting out my wardrobe would take A LOT longer than 10 minutes - more like 10 hours!! #PoCoLo

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    1. Haha! Funnily enough I sorted out my wardrobe a few weeks ago and it took a lot longer than 10 minutes. Now though, at least for the time being, it would only take a few minutes to sort out. :)

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  11. Love this and you've inspired my to go clean out my kitchen cupboards..so much junk I'm hoarding for no reason. Haha I love that gif at the end xx #pocolo

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    1. It's amazing the things you can find in the back of a cupboard. I did one of ours recently and found a sippy cup and baby spoons - LP, my youngest, is 8 years old!!! I have no idea how long they'd been hiding in there! 😱

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