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It seems like there is no rest of the weary. And, the weary person is usually mom. Moms take care of hearth and home, but who takes care of her? If you are a busy mom, it’s invaluable that you learn to value yourself as a person and schedule personal time.
Each of us has the capacity to nurture others but that type of care takes its toll. Emotional issues can develop when you don’t take the time to take care of your emotional well-being, not to mention the physical results of emotional neglect! I know that when I spend too much time surrounded by the kids without a break I get a little stir crazy.
Here are a few tips to help you fit in much needed “me time”
1. Get up early if you have to.
When you have kids, the day begins at a hurried pace. Once you hit the ground running, there is no stopping you. Waking 30 minutes to an hour ahead of time means quiet solitude to drink your coffee, read a book, meditate, listen to music, or if we’re being completely honest, time to simply sit in the bathroom uninterrupted!
2. Turn ordinary experiences into major events.
When you take a bath, add candles, bubble bath, quiet music, a comfy bath pillow. Your regular bath has now become a spa level experience. After the kids go to bed, turn on a movie, turn out the lights, cook up a batch of popcorn and curl up on the couch and simply relax.
3. Ask your significant other for help.
Kids love their mothers but time spent with dad is important too. Let them bond with dad while you do whatever it is that helps you recharge. For me its gardening, I have friends who prefer shopping 😉 Since the time is yours, do whatever you like.
4. Use the Boy Scout motto.
Always be prepared and you can spend more time in a relaxed mode. Meal prep ahead of time, keep lists handy, and utilize nap times to get caught up! The fewer things you have to do throughout the day, the calmer you will be with your family and not experience burnout.
5. Take exercise breaks.
When you get a few minutes the last thing you want to do is exercise but getting a little physical activity in your day has far-reaching implications. Exercise helps you to think clearly and stretches the muscles. Also, stress will drain away as powerful endorphins are released into your system. Do jumping jacks during a television commercial or jog to the bus stop to pick up the kids.
6. Laugh at regular intervals.
Laughing releases stress and can lift your spirits significantly. It also keeps the abs tight! Surround yourself with positive people and find the humor in little things.
Moms, take care of you. Your family would miss you if you were not around to love and care for them. You owe it to yourself and you deserve a break from the daily hustle and bustle!