As a mom, it’s hard to find time for yourself. Between taking care of your kids and doing household chores, there’s not always much time leftover for journaling. But carving out some “me time” is essential for both you and your children. In this blog we will explore tips for making sure you get the most out of your “me time” and why you should make it a priority.
Why Is Me Time So Important?
As a mother, you are constantly giving yourself, whether it’s taking care of your children, partner, home, or job. It’s easy to lose sight of your own needs amid all this selflessness. But it’s important to remember that taking care of yourself is not selfish – it’s essential.
So what counts as “me time”? Anything that brings you joy and makes you feel refreshed. It could be something as simple as reading a book, journaling, taking a bath, going for a walk, or getting a massage. The important thing is that you make time for yourself regularly – even if it’s just a little bit each day. Below we share a few benefits of “Me-Time” for moms.
You’ll Be More Patient
As a mother, you are constantly being pulled in different directions. It can be easy to lose your patience when you’re feeling overwhelmed. But if you take some time for yourself every day for journaling, you’ll be better able to handle the demands of motherhood. When you have some time to relax and do something you enjoy, you’ll be more patient with your children and better able to handle stressful situations.
You’ll Be More Present
It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life and forget to be present in the moment. But when you take some time for yourself, you can clear your mind and focus on the here and now. This is especially important when it comes to interacting with your children. When you’re fully present, you can give them your undivided attention and connect with them.
You’ll Be Happier
Making time for yourself will help you feel happier and more balanced. When you’re well-rested and have taken some time, you’ll be more optimistic. This will also make you a better mother because your positive attitude can help set a good example for your children.
How To Make Time
Whether you work outside the home or are a stay-at-home mom, it’s crucial to find ways to put your needs first and make time for yourself – both for your mental well-being and your relationships with friends and family. Here are some tips to help you carve out more time for yourself in your busy schedule and make sure that you’re putting yourself first sometimes.
- Prioritize what’s truly important in your life. When you have several different commitments vying for your time, it can be not easy to know where to start when trying to make more time for yourself. One critical step is to take stock of all your different commitments and figure out which ones are truly most important to you. Think about what makes you happy, what your priorities in life are, and how much time each of these areas requires. Journaling can help you manage your priorities and make notes of when they change.
- Be realistic about your schedule. Once you’ve identified the activities that are most important to you, it’s helpful to be realistic about your schedule and see where there might be opportunities for making more time for yourself. For example, if family is a high priority but work is not, perhaps one way to make more space for yourself would be to cut back on work hours or to look for a different job.
- Set boundaries and say no sometimes. If there are activities that you would like to participate in but feel like they take too much time away from things that are important to you, it’s OK to set boundaries and say “no” sometimes. Be firm with people who ask too much of your time by politely letting them know how busy you already are at this point in your life and suggesting other plans instead.
Examples Of Activities to Indulge In
Just because you’re a mom doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your interests and hobbies. There are plenty of activities that you can indulge in that will make you feel refreshed and invigorated.
Here are some examples of activities to indulge in as a mom:
Get involved in a hobby or activity that you’re passionate about
Whether it’s painting, scrapbooking, gardening, playing an instrument, or something else entirely, pursuing a hobby can be a great way to add some excitement to your life. It gives you something to look forward to outside of your “mom” duties, and it can be a great way to relieve stress. Journaling helps you track your progress with your hobbies or simply log when you had an amazing time.
Exercise is not only good for your physical health, but it can also do wonders for your mental and emotional wellbeing. Taking some time out of your day to get moving can help you feel more energized and positive.
Make time for socializing
Just because you’re a mom doesn’t mean you have to ditch your friends. In fact, socializing can be a great way to blow off some steam and feel connected to the outside world. Make plans to meet up with friends for coffee, lunch, or even just a quick walk around the block.
Take up a new challenge
Challenging yourself to try something new can give you a much-needed sense of accomplishment. Whether it’s learning a new skill or taking on a new project, setting and achieving goals can be incredibly satisfying.
Get involved in your community
Giving back to your community is a great way to feel good about yourself. There are plenty of ways to get involved, whether it’s volunteering at a local school or food bank, participating in a charity event, or joining a local moms’ group.
Taking time for yourself is so important, and it can be hard to do when you’re constantly on the go. But if you make a point of carving out some time each day for activities that help you relax and rejuvenate, you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel: mentally, emotionally, and even physically. If keeping track of all those “Me Time” moments proves to be too daunting a task, don’t worry, there are plenty of great apps out there like ByteLyfe that can help make journaling fun and easy. Your micro-journaling app lets you manage your me-time on the go, journaling all the amazing things you do for yourself and your family. What will your first act of self-care be?