The Importance of “Me” Time

Being a mom is often one of the most difficult jobs going, and at the best of times being able to keep an eye on the kids, tackle the housework and  solve any disputes (the list goes on) means that you have to be a multi-tasker, too. Still so many of us end up multi-tasking our ‘me’ time, which is detrimental to the kids as well as us.

‘Me’ time isn’t a luxury as most of us seem to think it is. We spend so much time swapping hats from head of the household right through to nurturer that it’s easy for our own identity to get lost in translation. ‘Me’ time ensures that we get a chance to relax, so that the kids get the best side of us rather than a frazzled and irritated version.

There are plenty of benefits to taking a little time out; from relieving your stress and improving your concentration to reviving your energy and taking control of your emotions. You wouldn’t work in an office 24/7 without a break, so make sure you take some time off from being a mom, too.

If you’d rather spend your time calming yourself, there are plenty of meditation and exercise activities to help get rid of any excess emotions. In fact yoga can help you keep fit and improve your well-being at the same time, or why not don your running shoes and get out or a jog or a walk; it’s a great way to get out of the house for a while and keeps you healthy.

If you’re more of a creative soul you can always use your ‘me’ time to indulge in your hobbies. Knitting has always been said to be calming, or perhaps you’re a dab hand with a sewing machine and you need some new curtains, as long as you’re enjoying yourself and it doesn’t feel like a chore then you can spend your ‘me’ time doing anything you like.

One of the most popular ways to spend a little time is a lovely soak in the bath. Choosing your favorite bubble bath, lighting a few candles and locking the door can take you off to a whole other place – that is until the door handle goes because someone needs the bathroom. If nothing catches your fancy or you just need a rest, spend your ‘me’ time doing absolutely nothing at all – sometimes it’s exactly what you need.

Comments

  1. I like this advice. I think it applies not just to moms but to many situations. If we never give ourselves a chance to relax and regain our bearings, we cannot give 100% to those that are counting on us.

  2. As an introvert, I need me time even without kids. I can imagine how much more demanding it would be having some. But it is needed for your sanity! Having the other spouse take over even for a couple of hours once in a while is a must to get back to it relaxed and energized.

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