Why you need 'me time' every day

If you find yourself wanting to run away and hide in the closet too often, you've neglected yourself far too long. Life can get busy sometimes, often with things out of your control, but on a day-to-day basis you need to make time for yourself, before it all gets too much to handle.

'Me time' doesn't have to be about going to the spa, or off on a weekend without kids. You could do that, of course, but these are the kind of things which take a lot of planning and organization. And it doesn't help when you come back home to truckloads of laundry after being gone only two days!

I have always viewed 'me time' as a way of re-connecting with my inner self. Yes, motherhood has changed me in irreversible ways. But deep down, I'm the same person I was before marriage and a kid. I find that having time to think and relax is important to re-energize myself for whatever I have coming ahead.

We moms are often guilty of ignoring making time for ourselves. Instead, we often use free time for getting more tasks done. But there's only so much you can do before you get frustrated and exhausted.

That is why we need to re-think 'me time' as something you do every day instead of on special occasions. It's great if you meet up with friends every week or have a date night, but taking a little time out for yourself could really pay off in making you a more relaxed and calmer parent.

Why moms need to make time for themselves everyday, and tips on making it happen.

So, how do you go about finding these little nuggets of 'me time' while surrounded by kids and chores? A few tips:

Find a passion

Choose a hobby or activity that you are really passionate about. Or re-ignite something you used to do earlier but gave up somewhere along the way - it could be reading, gardening, or jogging. When you are passionate enough about something, you will make sure you take out time for it.

Set up quiet time for the kids

Children need some time to wind down too. With school and other extra curricular activities, their minds are often full and over-stimulated. I think kids of all ages really benefit from a small afternoon nap, but if they don't take one, set them up with some quiet activities so you can relax too. Make this part of their routine. And no, television doesn't really count as quiet time because it ends up stimulating their minds even more.

Get enough sleep yourself

This is something I've experimented with myself. On the days I get less sleep, I'm actually less productive and efficient. So, even when you think you're getting more done by staying up late at night, you're actually going to get less done the following day, and it's really not healthy in the long-term. In fact, taking a power nap with the kiddos may be all the 'me time' you need to refresh you!

Find peace in a mindful activity 

Whether you do it through meditation, prayer, or yoga, even 15 to 20 minutes of time alone with your thoughts can be uplifting. Sometimes, all we need is to get in touch with our innermost thoughts. It's the quiet time we crave all day. Give yourself that daily physical and mental space to rejuvenate, and you will be a less tired version of yourself at the end of the day.

Remember, the nurturer needs to be nurtured too. Don't put off 'me time' for another day. Make a promise that you will give your well-being priority as well. Your family deserves that, and so do you.

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Katie @ Pick Any Two said...

You are so right that "me time" doesn't have to mean hours or days away. It can happen in small moments every day! I'm currently in the sleep-deprived newborn phase, and on the days I squeeze in a quick nap I feel SO much better.

Research Parent said...

I completely agree. It is so important to find time for ourselves. Our kids will grow up and who will we be if all our effort is focused around being a mother and maintaining our household? Those things are important, but I want my kids to know that I'm a real person with interests, hopes, goals, and passions completely separate from them.

Tarana said...

I'm sure you do! At that stage, even a 10 minute doze-off feels so good :)

Tarana said...

Absolutely, they need someone to look up to and be inspired from.

Eli @ Coach Daddy said...

Me time sets a good example for the kids, too, and anyone who happens to love you. It shows that there are things you're interested in and take part in. You're not just some magical servant/ride giver/grilled cheese maker on the payroll!

Kristi - Finding Ninee said...

I agree and definitely am a much better parent when I feel like I've gotten some me time and enough sleep! said...

I agree. That is why I walk or ride my bike to work, initially it felt like steeling time for me but a but of quiet and no demands on me does work wonders!

Tarana said...

That's right, Eli. It's important to show them that too.

Tarana said...

Right? Sleep is so important to staying sane!

Tarana said...

I love my quiet time too!

Nina G said...

Great tips Tarana! With my eldest, I totally fell for that trap. When I had a minute, I'd do another task to 'save time.' Of course the time I saved, I'd find something else to do. It became an endless cycle. Now I'm much better. I sometimes refuse to do prep work until my kids are awake just so I have time to myself.

Tarana said...

I tried doing that too, and it definitely didn't help me feel any better!

Melissa Matters said...

Excellent tips! I usually encourage my kids to read or do crafts so I can get some downtime without television.

Tarana said...

That's a great idea! I must at least try to wake up a little earlier :)

Tarana said...

I try to do that too!

Chris Carter said...

This is just SO good Tarana!! I lose my sanity and my peace on days I don't take that time for myself. It's needed EVERY day.

Tarana said...

Me too!

Karen Bell said...

Great tips, me time is so important, I need to create more of that. #PoCoLo

Merlinda Little said...

While reading this my husband and son is somewhere frolicking hehe. I sent them out as they need time together as my husband worked the whole week. It is my son's summer vacation and he is a bit clingy to me now now that we are spending whole day together. So i thought he needs to spend more time with his father to bond. And this is now my me time. Not regular but I enjoy reading blogs and later will do some chores. I know not a rest but I love that I am alone and I can do things on my own pace. #pocolo

Tarana said...

Great idea to have them spend time together while you spend some time relaxing!

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