"Me Time" Ideas for the Busy Mom

I've come to the realization that while being a mom is the best position that God could have blessed me with, it is also the most emotionally and physically taxing. I'm sure that you'll agree that more of your energy goes towards being a mom than it does to your 9-5 and other entrepreneur endeavors. Waking up to my babies before work or putting them to bed at night is like buttered bread to me. I love it and if an opportunity to be a SAHM came around I'd jump like a kid out of bed on Christmas morning.

Well, I'm not a SAHM and it's sometimes hard for me to balance being a mommy and a human who needs a break sometimes to take care of herself. I had my first child at 24 and I was just getting into spending time with myself. With 2 children of my own plus my boyfriend's son and a full-time job it is almost impossible to catch a break. There isn't anyone in our lives that would really take our babies for a little while so that we could get away to catch a breath, however I'm going to start forcing in some "me time" soon. It's vitally important. We are not machines that can go forever without refueling. We need a spiritual and physical break to get our emotions together and to be rejuvenated often. Downtime is very important even if it's only for a few moments a day or one day a week. We do so much as a mom. It's time to start taking care of ourselves too. Here are a few "Me Time" ideas...

  1. Pray. Read your bible or devotional and spend some necessary time with God to be refreshed and restored to tackle the next day or week.
  2. Take a nap when the kids are napping. Crawl under the blanket and pass out.
  3. Go to the movies with your significant other, friends or by yourself. Either indulge in their popcorn or do like I do and pack your own snacks.
  4. Work out. Your physical health is just as important as your emotional health.  I run around and pillow fight with The Way 2 Live Crew often and being out of breath is not cool.
  5. Spend time with your parents. Your parents won't be around forever. It's important to spend time with those in our lives who mean a lot to us. Besides, If your parents work, I'm sure they could use a break themselves.
  6. Take a long bath. After the kids are in bed for the night, or during a nap if you won't be napping, indulge in a long hot bath. Add some bubbles. I've recently starting using some Lavender scented Epsom Salt from Family Dollar. 2 cups is the recommended amount and it definitely relaxes me and prepares me for a long night of sleep.
  7. Get a manicure and/or pedicure. Take care of your hands and feet. Your body and maybe even your significant other will thank you for it!
  8. Go shopping. As a mom I'm sure that your financial priorities are your bills and your children. We have to look and feel nice too, right? Set aside money from each check and use it to buy yourself something nice. You work hard, so you deserve to splurge sometimes.
  9. Pick up a new book. Reading is therapeutic. Invest in some non-fiction book, biographies and even self-help books or even books that provide info and ideas for your craft or entrepreneur endeavor.
  10. Pick up a hobby such as crafting or blogging! Do it for profit or just as an outlet.

Do you have any "Me Time" ideas? Post them below!

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