Design for Life: I’m a very busy full-time mother, how do I create time for myself?

This week, Mark Rowe advises a stressed-out mother of teenagers on how to incorporate some self-care into her life

One of self-care’s great paradoxes is that people can be so generous towards others, yet so miserly and severe when it comes to giving themselves some slack. Picture: Getty

Dear expert,

I'm a mother of three teenagers who need to be driven and dropped places to the point where I feel ready to drop myself. The work feels so endless sometimes. I read an article recently that said the world might be led by men, but it’s run by very tired, middle-aged women running around after people – and that’s me. I don't want to complain because there’s great joy in my life, but ...