Four months into isolation living, Fifi Box has embraced the simple pleasures of slowing down.
"Before isolation, I was running around constantly; every weekend was loaded with catchups and activities and I was always exhausted," the Australian media personality tells Mamamia. "So, I’ve realised that’s it’s okay to not have plans, to sit around the loungeroom with the kids doing puzzles and playing charades.
"I feel a lot calmer and happier taking the pressure off and declining invitations."
Still, her average weekday involves a piercing 4:30am alarm before her Fox FM radio show, Fifi, Fev and Byron, which she currently co-hosts from her home in Melbourne.
"I go to my home studio at 5am to prepare the radio show and work until roughly 11am. Then, I’m back on mum duty and spend the next few hours getting stuck into chores and spending quality time with [my youngest daughter] Daisy."
On top of her work, Box's days in isolation involved home-schooling her eldest daughter, seven-year-old Trixie, whilst caring for one-year-old Daisy.
"It was such a special time, not running around to appointments, activities and parties. I really relished the slowing down, which resulted in so much quality time as a family enjoying the moment and not racing off to the next thing."
Like many of her fellow mums and dads, she too feels the pressure that comes with parenthood.
"My advice to parents who, like me, might put unrealistic pressure on themselves, is: ‘done is better than perfect’. This has really resonated with me and I've stopped beating myself up when I feel like I’m failing or not good enough.