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When’s the last time you were able to make time for yourself? Seriously, can you remember? If not, no worries. Most ALL moms are going through the same thing. And understandably. When you have kids running around, taking a mommy timeout isn’t usually feasible.
Us moms always find something that needs to get done. Whether it’s the dishes, sweeping and mopping the floor or doing laundry, there’s always something on your to-do-list. And, a lot of us also have full or part-time jobs too.
And, on top of that, doesn’t it always seem like there’s just not enough time in the day to get everything done so you STILL have a whole list of things waiting for you the next day?
With taking care of our kids, husbands, boyfriends (hey, they’re like big kids right?), household chores, work and all our other everyday mommy tasks, where the heck does the time go?
But, when you’re constantly trying to get work done, keep the house clean and care for others and NOT take time for yourself, it can lead to serious burnout. It’s important you carve out some extra time to enjoy a much-needed mommy time out. When you do this, it helps you stay being a well-balanced, happier mom.
But, do you even know how to make time for yourself? If you’re anything like I was, finding some R&R time is a constant challenge. It needs to be done though so you stay sane. So, let’s see if we can find more time for you.
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1. Take Advantage of Nap Time
This one is probably a little obvious. But, naptime can be a godsend for those of you lucky moms whose kids still take naps. Take this time to do something special for yourself. This can be reading a good book, taking a bath, working on a craft or just relax and listen to some music.
What you don’t want to do is use this time to do household chores.
2. Create a Routine of Mommy Time
Sure, you have a busy schedule, but you must have 15 minutes somewhere to schedule in some time for yourself. Nap time is the most convenient, but not all of us moms have younger kids who take naps. This is where you need to make the time to be alone.
If you add it to your schedule, you can schedule everything else around it. Treat it like your break; like you would if you were at work. Let your kids know this scheduled time and make sure you give them something to keep them busy during this time. If they’re old enough, you may even want to explain to them why this time is so important and that you’re giving them a refreshed, happy mommy.
3. Get Up Earlier
Start getting up earlier than everyone else. You can use this time to get things done so you’ll be able to schedule some mommy time without getting backed up on your to-do-list. Or, you can use this as your mommy time. I absolutely LOVE sitting out front and watching the sun come up with my cup of coffee and peaceful quietness. This is the time I like to brainstorm my day too. Sometimes I just meditate which really helps set me up for a great day.
4. Stay Up Later
For all you night owls, schedule your mommy time for when everyone else is sleeping. This is the time I enjoy sitting at the computer and reading other blogs, working on my own blog or just learning something new. But, you can use this time any way you want. Some mommys might want to just put their feet up and watch some TV. It’s up to you.
5. Have the Hubby Help
Even if it’s just an hour a week, have your hubby commit to this time block so you can take some time to be by yourself. Sit down with them and explain to them why this is important to you. Have a day in mind and even a time if possible so that it’s already known beforehand. Post his time-block on the fridge as a constant reminder.
6. Clear your Mind
This one isn’t so much about being alone, but instead, it’s about being alone in your own head “so to speak.” It’s when you do find a few minutes to yourself. What do you find yourself doing? If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking about all the things you have to get done still. Your mind has a to-do-list.
So, what you need to do is write your mental to-do-list down on a piece of paper and get it out of your head. That way, you can enjoy that few minutes of quiet time instead of having to listen to all that racket going on in your brain.
7. Put Up a “Do Not Disturb” Sign
This may sound rude, selfish, maybe borderline neglectful. But, it isn’t when done properly. You will need to explain the sign to your family ahead of time. Let them know that when this sign goes up, it means you need 10 minutes of undisturbed quiet time to recharge your battery. By knowing ahead of time what this sign means, they won’t come barging in or knocking on your door when they see the sign.
Obviously, you don’t want to lock yourself in your room for hours. But, 10 to 15 minutes of undisturbed peace can really do wonders for the busy mom.
So, you finally have some time for yourself, what do you do? Well, you certainly DON’T want to use this time to fold laundry or vacuum. Those tasks already have their scheduled time. Allow yourself this time to just be in your own company doing your own thing that you enjoy at that particular moment. You deserve it!
To help you, I was thinking about coming up with a “Time Management” printable you could download and/or print to help you organize your time a little better so you can schedule your mommy time in each day or each week. But, instead, I actually found a huge resource of printables just for this that I thought I’d share. They’re absolutely awesome and there’s so many to choose from.
They’re from Scattered Squirrel and you can find them HERE.
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Share some of your mommy time out tips below in the comments! 🙂