Learn how busy moms can find alone time to take care of themselves despite the chaos of everyday life.
Being a mom is like to trying to complete never-ending to-do list. We are rushing from meal planning to potty training to squeezing endless activities into our already busy lives.
And the responsibilities don’t stop there. Many of us also have work, spouses, and households to care for.
Yet in the chaos of life, we often forget to take care of the most important person…
We don’t have time to let alone think about (let alone fulfill) our own needs and desires.
The importance of me time for moms
Life can be exhausting. And some days are literally soul-sucking.
With the constant stream of responsibilities, we are not only physically drained, but also mentally drained by the end of the day. (Those days when you are telling your kids to just please go back to bed for the millionth time!!)
As busy moms, we need to have a chance to unwind and focus on ourselves.
Find pockets of time
Hidden throughout our day are little bits of time we can use for ourselves. Maybe its 15 minutes waiting to pick up kids from school or sports. Maybe its using part of your lunch hour to read your favorite magazine or peruse your local Target. Or just listen to some music and slip away.
If you were feeling productive, use these pockets of time to catch up on mundane tasks like paying bills or signing permission slips. Getting these little tasks done now frees up time later for yourself.
Stop wasting time
When was the last time you got distracted and sucked into the Facebook or Pinterest vortex? Or were interrupted by notifications on your phone?
These interruptions and distractions suck up precious moments of our day. Take note of times you realize you are wasting time and see if you can reduce time spent on these activities.
Make yourself a priority
When we are tired and stressed, we don’t give our best selves to others.
This can lead us to feeling depressed, anxious, or just worn out in general. We become irritated and overwhelmed and unable to deal with daily stressors.
Taking time for yourself is not selfish. Even a short break can leave you refreshed and rejuvenated. Realize we are important too and we need to make time for ourselves.
Create a list of me time activities
What do you enjoy doing? What kind of activities leave you feeling invigorated? Or-what activities seem to wash away the stresses of the day and leave you feeling relaxed?
If you are not used to having “me” time, having a list to grab ideas from can be helpful.
Your list can include simple things for the little bits of free time and also activities for when you have an afternoon or evening to yourself.
Read a book, head out for a walk, or even just disappear to another part of the house. Anything you can think of to do that would enable you to clear your mind of all the busy thoughts. For larger chunks of time, things like shopping, seeing a movie, or catching up with friends can provide a mental reset.
Ask for help
Don’t be afraid to ask others to help you so you can have a bit of time for yourself. Delegate a chore to your spouse or an older child to free up time. You don’t have to do it all!
Find a friend or relative to watch the kids so you can step away for a few hours. Or considering trading child care with a friend.
By planning your day and week you can identify opportunities for me time. Making lists and looking at your week would help you to see those times where gaps appear in your schedule. Organization can be the key to doing this.
The more you practice doing this the more you will learn where you can fit things in. It could be as simple as going for a walk for 20 minutes.
Moms need time for themselves
Everyone is different, and each individual has different ideas about how to find alone time. Making time for yourself may be difficult at first. You’ll be amazed at the mental shift when you take time for yourself!
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