6 Tips for Busy Mums to Find “Me Time”
When did you last spend some time solely on yourself? We aren’t talking about the few minutes in the night before you fall asleep while watching television after a long, taxing day – but actually spending some “me-time” tending to your personal needs.
Whether you’re a working mother or not, sometimes it feels like downtime is not meant for you. However, it is critical for your overall health, regular maintenance and sanity.
Although motherhood is an honor and your life revolves around your family, if you’re not treating yourself with some regular TLC, being there for the ones you love can feel more difficult. To make life easier, we have it figured out the “how” for you with the following tips.
Schedule a Break
Have a chat with your partner and let them know you need some time off. Even if it’s a few hours, for one day of the week, be specific with them. Have solid plans with plenty of backups to ensure your downtime is guaranteed. Even if your spouse is working full-time and you’re a stay-at-home mom, the reality is you both of you have full-time jobs and need your breaks.
Exchange Favors with Fellow Mums
If you have a few mum friends, try offering favors in exchange for babysitting services. Take their kids to the park, make them a meal, treat them with pampering gifts… anything that fits their needs. And in exchange, ask if they can watch over your kids so that you can enjoy some free time.
Wake Up Earlier
This may sound crazy but if you force yourself to go to bed a little earlier, this tip can work for you. Starting your day with some relaxing me-time, whether it means having some herbal tea, reading a book or doing some light yoga, will give you that much needed added energy to tackle the rest of your day.
Sunlight is a proven energy and mood booster. Therefore, try waking up 30 minutes before you normally rise and enjoy some quiet time outside or near a window.
Send Yourself Constant Reminders
Mothers are trained to put themselves last, so setting reminders on your phone to take care of yourself can help immensely. Sure you may have to ignore these reminders most of the time while taking care of the kiddos or handling chores, but at least they’ll remain at the forefront of your mind.
Optimize Bath Time
Use the 20 minutes you spend every day taking a bath, to really give yourself time to relax and recollect your thoughts and ideas. Shut the bathroom door and lock it, if necessary. Truly pamper yourself with Epsom salts and essential oils, light that scented candle and enjoy some soft music.
Make Time for Exercise
Even if it means you have to use up your 30 minute free time in the morning, do it. A 30 minute walk, whether it’s with a friend or solo, will help you oxygenate your mind and get some positive energy into your system. If you’re walking with your friend, it will help you vent and calm your mind. Although it may be hard to go to the gym with everything on your plate, there are many ways to exercise outside or even at home.
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