Searching for your “Me Time” can be a difficult task. Mothers trying to balance
taking care of the house, feeding a family, being a mother, working a part-time
job, and finding time to decompress can seem impossible.
Make Yourself and Your Well-Being a Priority
Mothers look after their kid’s health and overall wellness, but are not obligated as their slave or maid. Ignoring your personal needs and emotions is a recipe for disaster. As a mother, taking time for yourself re-energizes and invigorates you to be able to joyfully be with and care for your kids. These simple but necessary “mommy-time” breaks are crucial for everyone involved, so give yourself permission to do so.
Schedule Time for Yourself
When possible, plan a set window of time each day to unwind intended to your own needs. Typically, between the afternoons and before dusk work while kids nap or are in activities.
Weekends present themselves as a great time for you to get a longer period of self time where you can go out into the world and enjoy life. Use your time, whether you want to enjoy an art class, break a sweat in the gym, or join your friends for a meal and cocktails. For the sake of your family and your self, see to it that you stick to this and don't squander the opportunities.
Treat this time as any other appointment or commitment. Once you decide to do something, stick to the plan.
5 Places Moms Go for “Me Time”
This is a short list of suggestions. Where ever you find your
happiness should be the ultimate destination. And if you haven’t tried any of
the one’s listed below, give them a try. You may be surprised at the result.
Yoga Time - Join a yoga class or gym. The benefits are two-fold! While escaping the the “mom duties” for a couple of hours, you are exercising. Exercise helps your body balance itself out and assists in the production of endorphins. Stretch and be happy!
Get a Massage - Set aside a block of time regularly to get a massage. According to Foot Palace, massages can help you relax, reduce anxiety, detach from the daily stressors, and secondarily, improve your overall wellness.
Coffee Shop - Sitting down with a cup of coffee and a book for an hour or two without juggling the kids, stroller, bags, groceries, responsibilities, etc. Simple and quiet.
Get Your Hair Done - Your appearance (to yourself) is just as important as anything mentioned in this article. Besides the uplifting experience, it can take hours (depending on what you have done).
Take a Walk - Go for a walk in your neighborhood, or go to a park with a walking or jogging path. Times like this are great for clearing your head and removing you from all the duties of the present moment.
Help Yourself Before Helping Others
Your state of mind is crucial to being able to juggle all of the responsibilities that come with being an adult, let alone being a mother. Treating yourself to “me” or “alone” time allows you to center yourself.
Doing something you love or that helps you relax is as valuable to the mind and body as the food you eat. You do not need permission from anyone to do this - give yourself permission and do it.
Taking this time will help you to remember that you too are a person with feelings and limitations. It will make you a better person and mother.