Being a Mom is by far the most rewarding job in the world. It’s definitely not the easiest, but every moment is fulfilling. I’ll admit that sometimes I find myself stuck in mom mode and forget to take time for myself. It’s important to always make time for yourself even if it’s only a few minutes a day because it’ll help you stay sane, trust me. Today I’m sharing 5 tips for making time for yourself as a busy mom.
1. Plan your meals. Meal prep and crockpot meals will be a lifesaver. By prepping your meals the night before or the morning before you head out for work, you will save time when you get home. When you get home, you’ll be able to get homework and baths done quicker which will make for an earlier bedtime and more time for you.
2. Make a schedule and stick to it. As moms we somehow always make time to do things for everyone else and keep them happy. Making a schedule and to-do list is essential for fitting in that “you time.” Start your schedule with the most important tasks for the day so that you can get those things done first and free up some time for yourself in the afternoon before you have to pick up the kids from school. When you’re ready to take some time for yourself, let your other half now. They will be supportive of you taking the day and more than willing to spend time alone with your kid(s). It gives them a chance to bond without mom and create memories that they’ll remember later on in life. And if your other half is anything like The Mr., they’ll force you out the door and will not bother you when you’re taking time for yourself because they know how important this time is.
3. Don’t feel guilty. I do this every single time. It never fails. I find myself always making excuses or feeling guilty for being away from T, but let’s face it – we’re all human and we all need a break sometimes. 99.9% of the time your kids won’t even notice that you’re gone. I can’t even count how many times I’ve made myself feel guilty for taking time alone and Tatiana didn’t even miss me. Your kids are so busy having fun and being a kid that they don’t even notice if you’re gone for a little while.
4. It’s okay to say no. I’m definitely guilty of this. As moms, it’s in our nature to want to help others and it’s easy to say yes to thing but sometimes it’s okay to say no. You can’t be everywhere or do everything. You have to be willing to say no to people or else you’ll experience burnout quickly.
5. Don’t overthink it. It doesn’t matter what you do during your free time. All that matters is that it’s your time.
What are some ways you like to spend your free time?