In my opinion, no one is more over scheduled than a mom. Our calendars are packed full of working, errands, laundry, diapering, cooking, cleaning up after kids, driving those kids to and from, helping with homework, bathing, reading books, getting to bed, etc. Just reviewing this list makes me stressed and exhausted!
I know that if I don’t get time for a walk or mini-workout (alone), I am a grouchy, grumpy mess. I find that I become increasingly resentful toward my husband and kids, which does not a good mommy/wife make!
So how can you find this time just for you?
- Put it on your calendar.
- Hire a babysitter if necessary.
- I try to get up and get a walk in early before my husband has to leave for work. Just that short time in the morning helps me start off my day with a much better attitude.
- Sometimes I set my kids up with some toys, lock my bedroom door (so they can’t get out and roam the house) and take a nice long, hot shower. I set a timer and tell them not to come in the bathroom until the timer goes off. Usually, it works.
- When I’m really needing to get out of the house, I load the kids up in the double stroller, give them some candy, and take off running. (or walking, now that I’m so pregnant) Yes, the candy is a bribe and not great for them, but desperate times call for desperate measures!
Do not feel guilty for taking care of yourself because you know what? If you are sick (or not around because you have run off to join the circus), you are no good to your family anyway.
Prevent this from happening by taking care of yourself NOW!
These are my tips, do you have any to share? How do you find “me-time” in your day?