Finding “Me Time”

Finding Me TimeChanging diapers. Making baby food. Wiping away tears. Wiping up spit up. Nursing on demand. Playing with your baby.

These are just some of the daily tasks we all do as moms. With such a busy schedule, how do we still make time for ourselves? This is hard, even for stay-at-home moms, who do not have the demands of a daily job. Here are a few ideas for getting much-needed “me time.”

Find Support

I don’t know what I would do without my husband. He never complains about taking over so I can have a few hours to myself. Make sure you have support. It doesn’t have to be a spouse. It can be a friend, family member, or even neighbor. Explain your concerns, frustrations, and needs. Be sure to return the support, as well. Fellow moms work great! Trade off time to get a break.

Find Your “Happy Place”

What did you like to do with your free time before you were a mom? Starbucks, taking your time in Target, reading a good book, going to dinner with a friend? Find something that makes you feel like “you” again. It may sound silly, but going to the grocery store alone weekly is a good time for me. I try to make time to catch up with friends occasionally and always stop at Starbucks if I am alone in the car. Do what makes you happy. It doesn’t have to take a long time, just make it quality time for you.

Make the Time

If you have multiple children or not a lot of support, it may mean you have to make a bigger effort to get your “me time.” Try waking up an hour before your kids to have a little time in the mornings. Drink coffee and catch up on the news. Do whatever will relax you. If your kids go to bed early, take a little bit of time each night before bed to focus on yourself and what you would like to do. Once again, this doesn’t have to be a long period of time. At home, you could simply make the time for a nice hot bath or drink some nice hot tea. Buy a new nail polish and give yourself a pedicure at home if you can’t make it to the nail salon. If you enjoy cooking, schedule your “me time” by trying a new dish and have your spouse or a trusted friend watch your kids while you cook.

It’s important as moms that we still remember we are women, too. Whatever makes you happy, make sure you schedule some time for it. Of course, you want to meet the needs of your kids and family, but don’t forget to take care of yourself, too, momma!

Karyn Meyerhoff is a stay-at-home mom who loves to go for rides, get coffee, and grocery shop alone.

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