As moms, we all know how vital even 5 minutes of “me time,” a day can be. And even though we know this, we don’t tend to make ourselves a priority. Why? Well, there are too many reasons and excuses to count. The main thing that most moms will say is that there is just not enough time in the day. While that may be true, we can’t go on like this. I need a break! We all need a break!
Here are 6 ways that moms can squeeze in a little, or maybe even a lot, of “me time” every day.
Do you have a panic room? It’s literally the perfect escape. Of course most of us don’t have one of these rooms in our homes, but we do have at least one room with a lock on the door. A bathroom maybe? Now, it’s been a while since I used the bathroom without little people trying to wipe me, but I rarely utilize the lock, and that’s my mistake. I think it’s time to use that lock. Take a glass of wine and a snack, put in some earphones with your favorite music and let the kid’s pound away at the door for approximately 10 minutes. Pure bliss. Bonus points if you can fill a tub and soak for some of those minutes.
Use the baby cage! Crib, pack-n-play, baby gate, backyard, whatever barrier you have. Throw some toys and snacks in the cage and sit down with a book or take a little nap. The kiddos are safe and entertained. You can even leave the room without anyone following you, if you so choose.
Utilize the technology we have available to us in this day and age! You don’t have to be your child’s sole source of entertainment. If you’re ok with a little screen time, turn on the TV, pop in a movie, give them a tablet, let them play on your phone, robot nanny, etc.
Hire a mother’s helper. If you have the means, hire someone to help out during the day. Whether you want someone to do the cooking, cleaning, go grocery shopping or watch the kiddos, there is someone out there who can help you. You can even have someone come for just an hour to allow you a nap, a kid free lunch or an outing with friends.
If you just need to get out of the house and get some exercise, try a mom and child exercise class. Stroller Strides through Fit4mom is a fantastic program where the kids sit in a stroller for a whole hour while mom gets to workout and talk to other adults. A gym would work too. Find one that offers child care and take the full 2 hour limit to workout, swim, sit in the sauna, ect. The fee for either of these options is more than worth it.
Finally, plan nights out with the girls at least once a month! This of course takes more planning, preparation, a sitter or time from dad. Call a car service and plan to stay out late. Dinner and drinks is a great start, but you can really kick it up a notch with some karaoke, a trivia night or bar games. Keep your mind open to the possibilities of a wild night that would make the pre-baby you proud.
It’s time to make your well-being a priority. Whatever you choose to do to squeeze in that “me time,” make sure you do it every day. Our bodies and minds need a break from the everyday battles that life with kids entails. You are important. Your littles need you and they need you to be at your best, at least some of the time. You can do it!