You know the drill. You’re on mom duty from the moment your precious little one wakes up to the moment they close their eyes at night. Even when they’re sleeping, they’re still at the forefront of your mind. Parenting is a full-time job, and it can be really difficult to remember the days when you had control over your daily routine, and you had time to yourself. It’s brilliant to be a hands-on mom and to devote your time and energy to your kids, but every parent needs a rest. If you’re not very good at taking a break, it’s time to start scheduling some me time.
Asking for help
Whether you have a newborn, a toddler or kids at school, it’s hugely beneficial to have a network of people around you. Sometimes, you have days when you need help, and it’s so comforting and reassuring to know that there are people you can turn to. If you are running around like a headless chicken or your plans change at short notice and you’re left in the lurch, don’t hesitate to make a call and ask a friend or a relative to step in. If those closest to you are offering, don’t feel guilty for taking them up on a favor from time to time.
Manage your diary
Take a look at your diary or the family planner. How many days out or fun activities have you got planned compared to the kids? If you’re like most moms, you’ll have a never-ending series of play dates, after-school activities and parties lined up for your children, but what about you? As well as organizing trips and things to do for the kids, take time to schedule some dates for you to look forward to. You don’t have to book a regular slot, but make sure you’ve got a little time to yourself or a moment to hang out with friends or go on a date with your partner every once in a while.
If you’ve been running a home, working hard and bringing up kids, you may feel like you need a break, so why not get away? Even if you only have a night or a weekend, you can recharge your batteries and resume where you left off with a renewed sense of vigor. Look into options like Cenacle Sisters getaways if you’re keen to reflect and enjoy some peace and tranquility, search for a spa break if your mind and body are in need of rejuvenation or go and visit a friend if you feel like you’ve lost contact with your nearest and dearest.
Rediscovering hobbies and interests
Before you were a mom, what did you used to do in your spare time? If you struggle to find time to do things you love, make this a goal for the coming weeks and months. Whether you enjoy cooking, sewing, writing, playing a musical instrument or playing sports, it’s important to allow yourself time to be you, as well as being Mom.
Parenting is a tough job, and it’s incredibly time-consuming. If you can’t remember the last time you had a night away, you spend an afternoon alone, or you had a minute to bake, knit or go for a run, start adding more ‘me time’ to your schedule.