Everyday Me Time Ideas For Moms
As a mothers we often get so busy taking care of our children that we forget about ourselves. The first six months after having Ella I really lost myself. My life became a never-ending cycle of nursing, diaper changing, getting Ella to sleep then trying to rush around to get as much housework done as possible. I was going through the motions of what I thought a mom was supposed to do and completely neglecting myself. It was so exhausting and it only got worse as time went on. I was sleep deprived, depressed and totally burnt out.
Now Ella is 19 months old and things are so much different than they were back then. I still have all the responsibilities I had with the addition of a few more. The big difference is, I have learned how to incorporate “me time” into my daily life. I want to share with you some of the ways I added self care into my daily life. They are simple things but they made a world of difference for me and I really hope they can help you too!
Early Morning Coffee
This took time to get used to because let’s face it we’re moms and we are tired but early mornings have become one of my favorite parts of the day. I set my alarm for 30 minutes before Ella wakes up and sit, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee in peace and quiet. It’s an excellent way to start the day.
Go to the Gym
Not only is exercising great for you, but it’s a great way to add some “me time” into your day. I go to the gym five days a week for at least one hour a day. The gym I go to offers child care so it’s a fun activity for Ella as well. She looks forward to seeing her friends each day, and I enjoy some time to myself.
Make Mom Friends
Making mom friends is a life changer. I can’t even begin to explain how much I have enjoyed spending time with other moms while the little ones play. There are so many ways to meet other moms and most communities have mom groups that offer weekly playgroups. I found my first mom group on Facebook and made one on one connections through there.
Find a Hobby
Blogging, art and photography are a few things that I have always enjoyed. I started incorporating these hobbies into my daily life and it has made such a huge difference for me. I feel so good about myself when I am being creative.
Look Your Best Everyday
Before I became a mom I would wake up and get ready every morning. I wouldn’t leave the house unless I looked my best. I didn’t do this to impress others, I did it for myself! It’s so easy to get busy and stay in pajamas all day. This became a bad habit for me when I first had Ella. I have now made my habit “wake up and make up” and my self esteem is so much higher than it used to be. When you look your best, you feel your best!
Find Things You Both Enjoy
There are so many activities that you can enjoy with your child. I take Ella to the local museums, gardens, parks – really everywhere I have wanted to go but never had an excuse to. We both enjoy exploring new places and it makes it so much more fun that we get to do it together.
You don’t have to do this everyday but make a plan to spend time pampering yourself once a month. I feel so much better about myself when I have my hair and nails done but those are the first two things I neglect when I get busy. I have made a point to keep up with my hair and get a pedicure once a month.
Relax Before Bedtime
Take an hour for yourself after the little ones go to bed. I made a rule very early on that when I am having my me time there is no laundry or chores allowed! My favorite thing to do in the evening is to relax and catch up on the newest episode of my favorite show, and if I’m feeling crazy sometimes I’ll even have a glass of wine!
Taking time for yourself as a mom is a necessity. Not only does it benefit you, but it also benefits your children. These are just a few ways I have incorporated me time into my daily life. Everyone is different so these examples might not work for you personally but I hope it helped to get you thinking of ways you can add me time to your busy mom schedule.