Being a parent is uniquely rewarding but it’s also hard work! Carving out time for self-care can be tricky when you’re a Mom, but it’s one of the most important things you can do. When you prioritize your own well-being, you’re able to care for those around you more effectively.
Of course, finding extra time to practice self-care doesn’t happen automatically. You’ll need to adjust your schedule if you want to create some space to focus on yourself. For inspiration, take a look at these handy ways to find me-time when you’re a mama…this is a partner post but being a mama myself, I support these ideas!
Finding Me-Time When You’re a Mama
Make it non-negotiable
As soon as you give up your free time, you’ll find it hard to get back again. Making me-time a non-negotiable part of your day means it will soon become an accepted part of the family schedule. Going to work or school is on the ‘must-do list’, so make sure your alone time is on there too.
Share household responsibilities
If you take on the lion’s share of household responsibilities, you’re going to find it difficult to get any me-time at all. Write a list of everything that needs to be done on a daily basis and take a look at who is responsible for making sure it all happens. Then, find ways to involve everyone in the family and delegate the tasks more evenly. Use the extra time you have to focus on yourself and practice self-care.
Change your job role
If you’re working outside the home, you may want to explore your career options. A rigid role can be tricky to manage when you’re a parent, especially if you want to incorporate some me-time into your day. Studying online, at respected universities like KUO, can be a great way to obtain the qualifications you need to move up the career ladder. When you do, you can make job flexibility a priority. This will give you the freedom you need to adjust your schedule to meet your needs.
If you regularly cook meals for your family, you can save a staggering amount of time by meal-prepping. Set aside two or three hours every week and prepare the week’s meals in advance. As well as minimizing the amount of time you spend in the kitchen during the week, meal prepping can be a great way to lower your budget and practice healthier eating.
Arrange a playdate
Spending time with friends is just as important as having alone time, so why not schedule a playdate and catch up with a long-time friend? Alternatively, talk to close friends or family members about watching each other’s kids. This ensures that each parent gets some me-time, safe in the knowledge that their kids are having fun and being well cared for.
Many parents feel guilty when they put their needs first, but you really shouldn’t. Taking time for yourself enables you to prioritize your health and well-being, which will make you a better Mama in the long run!