How To Find “Me Time” as a Mum

photo of a woman relaxing with a book

As a busy mom, you probably feel like one of
those circus performers who keeps 15 plates spinning on sticks all at once.
While most days you are pretty good at making sure those plates stay in the
air, every once in awhile you lose a plate or two. Unfortunately, if you don’t
make time to take care of yourself, you might find more and more plates
crashing to the ground.
While your kids certainly adore you, they are
probably not going to remind you to go take a relaxing bubble bath or do
something else that you enjoy on your own. But as Family Share notes, in order
to be the best mom you can be, it is imperative to find
those pockets of “me time”
 as
often as you can. With that in mind, check out the following tips to make me
time a reality:

Carving Out Time for
Yourself

Me time as a mom does not have to involve
escaping town for three days with two of your closest girlfriends. Of course,
if you can swing this from time to time, by all means go for it. But in
general, me time involves 10 to 20 minutes here and there that are devoted to
you and what makes you feel relaxed, happy, rested and calm. With that in mind,
start by looking at your schedule to see what can be eliminated; for example,
as much as you love volunteering in your kids’ schools, maybe you can be there
one hour a week instead of two. If your budget can accommodate it, consider
hiring a housekeeper for a few hours every couple of weeks; this will free up
housework time for something more fun. Also, jot down how often you spend
wandering around on social media sites every day — you might be astonished to
find out how much time you spend on Facebook, and how easy it would be to use
some of those minutes for another activity. You can also take an honest look at
when you are most energetic — if you are an early bird, you might get up a bit
earlier to enjoy your me time before the cavalcade of children wakes up. Or, if
you are always burning the midnight oil, you may love focusing on yourself for
a while once everyone is in bed.

The Endless Possibilities
of “Me Time”

Now that you have the reassurance and
knowledge that you can actually find these precious pockets of time on most
days, it’s time to think about how to spend it. One of the many beauties of me
time is that there are no right or wrong ways to go about it. Parenting has a great
list of me time suggestions
; these include going to
the movies with your BFF, heading to the mall for some serious window shopping,
taking a nap, reading a book (one that does not feature lifting the flaps),
going out for a bike ride, watching a favorite show on DVD or sitting in an
easy chair and doing … nothing. It’s okay mom, you really do deserve it.

Try Yoga

You can of course spend your free time as you
choose, but if you’re looking for a healthy, fun and relaxing pastime, yoga
covers all the bases. If you have always wanted to try yoga, you can certainly head
to a local yoga studio and sign up for a class, but you can also learn and
practice the breathing exercises and poses in the comfort of your own home —
maybe during naptime. If you can, treat yourself to a new smartphone that
features a Quad HD display — this way, those how to yoga videos on YouTube will
be easy to see. The LG G4
features this state-of-the-art display
, and if
you get the phone as part of a plan with the company, you won’t have to pay a
penny out of pocket. Following along with yoga videos online means you can enjoy
convenience and complete control, which will come in handy in the event that
you need to pause and unexpectedly attend to your children.
Disclosure; this is a collaborative post

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