• You haven’t slept, you haven’t got dressed and you no longer know who you are. You haven’t got time for yourself any more and you feel rubbish. So between feeds and nappy changes, how about a quick spritz of your favourite perfume to lift your mood? It takes seconds to do, can last hours and will remind you of the sophisticated woman you once were and will be again.

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  • A clever trick to grab a bit of me time is to do it while no one even notices. When the kids are doing their homework, sit with them and immerse yourself in some adult colouring in. It’s a huge new trend and is shown to be relaxing, great for relieving stress and combating anxiety. For 10 or 15 minutes, take advantage of the kids being quiet and lose yourself in colour.

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  • You’ve managed to get the children to bed reasonably early, so forget the housework for half an hour and treat yourself to a bath. Not a quick wash, a proper soak. The bathroom can be your sanctuary with a bit of preparation. So clear away the children’s toys, pour some posh bubbles under warm water, light some candles and turn your bathroom into a home spa.

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  • Walking a toddler to the park at a snail's pace just doesn’t cut it when it comes to burning off those biscuits, does it? If you can spare an hour, how about a dance class? Dancing is good for your body and spirit and doesn’t feel like a chore the way some exercises do. Explore your creative side with Nia dance, a combination of yoga, martial arts moves and free expression contemporary dance.

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  • Finding yourself after motherhood is as much about body as it is your mind. Adult conversation and company can be your passport to sanity after a day of wall-to-wall Peppa Pig and building blocks. Stretch yourself with a local course at college. If you can’t get out of the house, you can still study at home with the Open University or via distance learning.

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  • You’ve managed to get a whole day off. Whether you’re alone or having a girlie day out, enjoy every moment. There’s nothing like shopping, lunch, a cheeky glass of wine and yet more shopping. Don’t be swayed by impractical trends and the latest thing. Stick to the classics, with a few twists of course, and you won’t feel guilty for having a day off from mum duties and spending a bit of cash.

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  • Sometimes you need to get away from everything. It’s not that you don’t love them, but if you don’t get some head space soon you’ll go crazy. A whole weekend away would let you really recharge those batteries. How about glamping in a yurt in the countryside? No phones, no tablets, no e-mails and, above all, no kids.

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