It’s that time of year when most of us are making resolutions and focusing on the year ahead. For our team, 2019 is all about wellness—looking after ourselves at work and home as we navigate the crazy juggle that is life. So, you can imagine how excited we were when the adorable mama Cat Sanz recently opened up about her pursuit of a little ‘me time’ amongst her busy working schedule. Cat’s #fiveminutesofmine message is a pledge to finding simple ways to give back to herself in the form of five minute activities—enjoying a cuppa, meditating, a warm bath—and building a habit of self-care. It’s a focus we have adopted and hope you can too.
We reached out to Cat to find out her top tips for taking five and, importantly, what kicked off the campaign. Do yourself a favour and find five minutes to read this!
We love the #fiveminutesofmine campaign. Tell us about how it started.
Thank you so much! I’ve recently become a mum of three and took a few months off from our businesses to just ‘mum’ and find my groove. Gosh, I love my children, but it was a rough start for our family when baby number three arrived late last year, and I recognised the signs of postnatal anxiety creeping up on me again. Knowing how hectic it would be parenting three, returning to work and with the end of the year stress of Christmas approaching, I wanted to finish 2018 by creating a habit of taking a small part of each day for myself—something I could build on in the new year.
As a mum you can make every excuse under the sun why you don’t take a solo walk, drink a hot coffee, attend a Pilates class or even take a daily shower, but I was committed to scheduling some time of my own each day before I was staring down the end of December with every last minute devoted to family, work and festivities.
I put my #fiveminutesofmine movement out to my Instagram and Facebook community as a way of letting my tribe know I recognised my triggers for falling into a more anxious state were lurking. Making the movement public made me accountable, and inviting others to share their five minutes with me helped inspire all of us to ‘turn up’ each day and share what makes us happy in these moments, with the view to create a beautiful habit we can grow and nurture.
And, so it began. Each day I checked in to Instagram either by posting to my feed or stories, and I reported what I did to create #fiveminutesofmine. I watched, shared and communicated with others who either publicly or privately share their #fiveminutesofmine with me. I have loved having an incredible group of people follow the movement. We all inspire each other.
Why is self-care so important to you?
Because at the very heart of my lowest times, when I overworked myself and ended up either in hospital or fighting an autoimmune disorder, it was self-care that received the least amount of my attention. Recognising and prioritising my health and mental state, and taking time out for myself were the actions required to bring my health and well-being back.
What are some of the things you have seen mums doing to get #fiveminutesofmine?
So many diverse ‘moments’ of enjoyment including a warm bath, a workout, a hot coffee, journaling, meditating, knitting, Pilates, dining out alone, even a solo bathroom trip (ha ha)! These are all important moments for each individual and practiced each day create a joy-filled habit.
What is your advice for busy working parents?
It’s impossible to ‘do it all’. Accept the fact immediately and know there is no magical parenting/working balance. Prioritise your top five—a list of what you need to do each day and make sure YOU are one of them. Also, where possible, don’t be afraid to outsource!
What do you hope to see from this campaign?
I truly hope to see more beautiful people taking back time in their day for things that make them happy, and creating a daily habit that gives them confidence and joy celebrating a little bit of time for themselves that ultimately grows into longer periods than five minutes. Making yourself happy pours out into everything you do in your day, working, parenting and being.
Tell us about your daily routine?
5:45AM — I try (some days more challenging than others) to wake up before 6AM and creep to the back of my house to meditate. I switch on the kettle on my way, and post meditation I sip on lemon and hot water whilst I run about the house.
6:00AM — I feed the baby and take a quick shower (whichever comes first), then dress and feed the older kids and myself.
7:30AM — I ALWAYS make a coffee just before I leave the house, normally it goes in a reusable cup (my Circle In Frank Green cup, ha!) for the car ride. My Bulletproof Coffee is my lifesaver every. single. morning. Getting three kids out the door is often a mean feat within itself, but if we are fully clothed and have our bags packed and seat belts on then I feel fairly accomplished when I switch on the car ignition.
8:30AM — Multiple drop offs to kinder, childcare and soon to be school, eek!
9:30AM — The baby either goes with the nanny a few days a week or joins me for work from a cafe or home office—it’s a juggle of milk bottles, teething toys and a laptop!
3:15PM — Kinder and childcare pickups and back home for what I like to refer to as ‘feeding time at the zoo’—From 4PM to 7PM it’s a madhouse at home but I try to feed us all, shower/bath the kids and get a few books read before bedtime.
6:45PM — Two to three nights a week I tag my husband and dash to a Pilates session, or if that doesn’t work I take our two dogs out for an evening walk, pop on my headphones and play an Audible book.
What are your top three ways to spend #fiveminutesofmine?
My top three things to do for #fiveminutesofmine would be:
2. A hot delicious coffee consumed without interruptions