5 Reliable Ways For Moms To Take Time For Themselves Without the Guilt
As a stay-at-home mom, it’s easy to get caught up in the endless cycle of caring for everyone else except yourself. I know taking time for yourself without feeling guilty about taking away from motherly responsibilities can feel super hard at times. We get it! That’s why, today we bring you five reliable ways — designed specifically with moms in mind — that you can use to treat yourself while still meeting your obligations as a responsible parent. Because if there is one thing you deserve it’s a sense of empowerment through self-care as moms!
Why Self-care for moms is so important
Moms are superheroes in disguise, but even superheroes need a break. Trust me, I know the feeling of being overwhelmed all too well. The never-ending diaper changes, sleepless nights, and constant worrying can make us feel like we are drowning. However, taking time for yourself is not selfish, it’s necessary for your well-being. You deserve to have a moment of peace and quiet to recharge your batteries. Whether it’s going for a walk, reading a book, or taking a long bath, you are allowed to put yourself first. Trust me, after taking some me-time, you will feel invigorated and ready to tackle whatever motherhood throws your way.
Taking time for yourself is not only beneficial for your physical and mental health, but it can also have a positive effect on your motherhood journey. Allowing yourself to recharge will help you come back with even more energy and enthusiasm to tackle the demands of parenting. Moreover, taking the time to focus on self-care can boost your mood, improve your outlook on life, and leave you feeling more connected with those around you.
Consider this: if you’re constantly pushing yourself until exhaustion, chances are that this fatigue will be evident in how you interact with your kids and take care of your family. However, if you make an effort to give yourself some “me-time” – whether that’s taking walks outdoors or doing something creative – then it will not only enable you to feel happier but also enable you to be a more present parent who is there for their children emotionally.
So let’s jump right into those tips and tricks on how best to make time for YOU this week (because you SO deserve it!).
Schedule “me time” – put it in your calendar and make sure to stick to it!
As a mom, it’s easy to get caught up in the never-ending to-do list and forget about taking care of yourself. But let me tell you, self-care as moms is so crucial for our sanity and well-being. So, here’s a pro-tip: schedule it in your calendar like it’s a doctor’s appointment, and make sure you stick to it! It could be anything, like a bubble bath, a yoga class, or even just reading a book for an hour. The important thing is that you prioritize yourself and make it a non-negotiable. Trust me, you’ll feel more refreshed and ready to tackle the chaos of motherhood once you’ve given yourself a little TLC.
Moms, practice self-care with an at-home spa day
As a mom, it’s hard to find time for yourself. But what if I told you that you could have your own spa day in the comfort of your own home? Picture this: a hot bath, candles flickering, and a face mask applied. You don’t have to break the bank to feel refreshed and renewed. Just take a few moments for yourself and indulge in some self-care. Plus, you’ll come out feeling like a whole new person. It’s like hitting the reset button on your day. So go ahead, treat yourself to an at-home spa day. You deserve it, momma!
Exercise – walk around the block or do some yoga moves in your living room
I don’t know about you, but momma is tired! Who has the time or the energy to hit the gym these days? Between school drop-offs, work meetings, and everything in between, it can be tough to make time for exercise. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Whether you’re in your coziest yoga pants or running errands in your sneakers, you can get a workout in by simply walking around the block. Yes, I said it – just step outside and walk! But if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try some yoga moves in your living room. Downward dog while the kids are napping? Yes, please! So grab your 40 oz Stanley cup, put on some tunes, and let’s get moving. Who says we can’t have fun and practice self-care as moms at the same time?”
Take a break from social media – taking time for yourself to go offline
Hey kiddos, listen up! Your mom’s got some advice for you. Put down your phones and step away from social media for a little while each day. Trust me, I know it’s addictive, and most of the time it makes us feel like we aren’t doing enough. That’s why I’m challenging you to take a break and live in the real world for a bit. Put that phone in another room or on airplane mode and do something for YOU! Go for a walk, call a friend, or do something creative. You’ll be amazed at how good it feels to disconnect and be present in the moment. Plus, you might just have some fun without the constant scrolling and swiping. Give it a try, I dare ya!
Read a book you’ve been meaning to get to but haven’t had the time
Okay, moms, I know we all have that one book (or ten) that we keep meaning to read but just never seem to have the time for. Well, let me tell you, ladies, there’s no time like the present! The dishes and piles of laundry will be there when you’re done. So grab that dusty novel off your shelf, throw on some cozy socks, pour yourself a glass of wine (or tea if you’re feeling virtuous), and cozy up in your favorite reading nook. Trust me, after just a few pages, you’ll wonder why you ever put this book off for so long. And who knows, maybe it’ll even give you some much-needed “me time” away from all those demanding little humans. Happy reading, mamas!
How to prioritize taking time for yourself without the guilt
We all know the drill – kids, partner, housework, work work, and somewhere in between, you’re supposed to keep yourself together as well. But guess what? It’s not about finding time. It’s about making time. You’re not going to stumble upon an extra hour in your day, but you can definitely make it happen. Take advantage of those few moments of solitude in the shower or during your morning coffee. Set a realistic goal that you’re in charge of, something that’ll make you feel good and proud. It could be something as simple as taking a walk around the block, reading a chapter in that book you’ve been meaning to finish or just having a conversation with a friend.
One tip for making sure your “me-time” becomes a priority is having clear communication with your family and/or your partner. The saying it takes a village is true and in order to put yourself first you’re going to need others to support you and what you need. Open communication and a clear schedule of what you need and when will be so helpful for everyone involved in making self-care for moms become a reality!
We can’t do everything for everyone else, all the time. Put yourself first, even if it’s just for a little while. You’ve got this, momma!