Taking Time Out: How and Why Busy Moms Need To Take Care of Themselves
When you are a mom, it can be hard to find time for yourself. You are busy running a household, as well as dealing with our children’s needs. It is natural for us to want to take care of our children and put them first. But after a time, we can feel a little burnout. We need to take the time to care for ourselves as well. As many of you might have heard “if momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” So taking care of ourselves will help us to be a better mom, partner, colleague or homemaker. So can we find the time, though? Here are a few ideas for you.
Use Nap Time
If you still have little ones at home, then it is important to use that time wisely. It might be the time that you clean the house, sort the laundry or pay bills. It might be the time that you take to relax yourself. It might change from day to day, depending on what you need to get done. It could be a good time to exercise or do some yoga at home. It could be a good time to shave your legs or paint your nails. Anything to help you feel good and more relaxed is important. You could meditate or take a nap yourself. You could even listen to a book on tape or something. There are many good self-help books on tape out there if you feel that you need a boost. You could look out for a review of Self Development Secret’s if you wanted to listen to something along those lines.
Change Your Sleep Routine
When your kids are on a schedule, it is a good idea to change things up a bit. Basically, it will help you to get some alone time. If your kids are early risers, then it might be better for you to get stay up a little later than them to get things done in the evening. If they tend to sleep a little longer, then going to bed a bit earlier and getting yourself up earlier could be the best option for you. It might not be naturally what your body wants to do, but you will feel better for it when you can take time out and eat or prepare breakfast in peace.
There are many things that we can do with our kids that will be beneficial for us too. If you can multitask, then it will make a difference. Think about going out to the park for example. Your kids get to enjoy the fresh air and go on the swings and slides. You could take that time to read a book or even exercise yourself. You could take the baby out for a walk in a stroller while you listen to a radio show or your favorite new album. You are doing things that will help you to feel refreshed, as well as be good for you and the family.