Finding me time for most people is tough. And now maybe I’m biased, but it seems like finding me time as a mama is really tough. Motherhood doesn’t come with any vacation or sick days, so we have to be a bit more creative on how we make time for ourselves.
And trust me, it IS doable. But in order for it to happen, it does need to be a priority in your life.
So, without further ado, here are 5 tips on finding more me time as a mama.
WAKE UP EARLIER
Okay, I know this isn’t an easy one. But I have found some of my most relaxing and peaceful “me times” during the day is in the morning before my family has woken up. I spend some time praying, preparing myself for the day mentally, enjoying breakfast without little ones pawing at it, and flip through a magazine or book that I know won’t get read any other time that day. When it’s warmer out I also use this time to go out for a walk or run to clear my head and start my day with fresh air.
SCHEDULE IT IN
Find some time in your week that you can consistently schedule some me time. Whether its 30 minutes or 2 hours, block out some time on your calendar. Michael and I share a Google Calendar, so I will usually look through all of our events and plans in a week and mark it at a time that works for us both. I also set a reminder for the day before and the morning of, just in case he forgets 😉
SWAP ME TIME WITH OTHER MAMAS
One way I get some me time is by finding friends and basically kid swapping for an hour or so. You could make this a regular plan or schedule one when you are desperate. A bonus of doing it this way is you and your kids are having a great time, just not in the same place 🙂 Either way, mamas helping mamas is one of the best things we can do for each other!
Now, this isn’t one we can all do. It totally depends on what stage in life your kids are at, how many kids you have, and a bunch of other factors I can’t think of right now. But every once in a while, I am able to squeeze in some alone time while my youngest is napping and my oldest is occupied with reading or playing independently. Now I’m not going to pretend this is as restful as when your kids are being attentively watched by your family or friends, but it is so much better than nothing. I can usually squeeze an hour of alone time out on a good day, but even on the days when its 20 minutes, I am grateful for the time I got to refocus and relax.
USE YOUR TIME WISELY
This tip is less about how to find the time and more about how to use the time that you get. I have had so many afternoons where my husband takes the kids for an hour and I sit there on Pinterest scrolling. And when my hour is over I feel even less refreshed than when I start my “me time”. So, with that said, figure out what makes you feel refocused and refreshed. Think about things that not only relax your body but your mind and spirit as well. I’ve found the weeks where I really use my “me time” effectively, I feel like I need less of it because I actually gave myself a chance to relax.
Do you have any tips on taking “me time” as a mama? Let me know in the comments below!
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