Let’s get real for a sec, shall we? If you’re a mom, like me, you understand how it can be hard to find time for yourself. Whether you hold a full-time job or are a stay-at-home mom, you’re a working mom and it’s grueling on us all.
Being a working mom has its challenges for sure. In the midst of all the chaos of the day, when do we usually get time to ourselves?
Well for most of us, it’s hardly ever but sometimes it’s late at night. That’s if we’re lucky. It’s a terrible thing that we, as moms, stay up late just to get our alone time.
Why does it have to result to this? Why can’t we mark a day on the calendar that says mom day? We should be able to set a day aside or a certain amount of time, so that we can have time for ourselves.
Regardless of your situation, it’s important to find time for yourself. It’s your key to staying sane while balancing being a working mom. As the saying goes…in order to take care of your family, you must first take care of yourself.
It really is true. We so often put ourselves last. Our mental and physical health depend on making time to take care of ourselves.
It’s imperative to remember that if you don’t, you could find yourself having a really hard time taking care of others. While many of you are reading this and wondering, just how am I supposed to find time for myself? I can barely poop in peace.
I know it may seem difficult, but when you make your overall wellbeing a priority instead of putting yourself last, you will reap the benefits.
5 Ways To Find Time For Yourself When You’re A Working Mom
1. Adjust your sleep schedule
If you’re like me then you know this has been a challenging task to do. I used to really battle with staying up late just to get some time for myself or going to bed on time to get rest.
Typically I would stay up later so you can have time for yourself. But I urge you not to do that. It will only affect you negatively.
Try your best to get your sleep. Adjust your schedule so that you’re not staying up late just to enjoy a tv show. This, in turn, will give you more energy in the day and allow you to feel refreshed each and every day.
When you have a good night’s sleep you are more likely to be less irritable and more likely to have more energy to do things during the day. Including making time for yourself at a decent hour of the day.
2. Get moving
Whether it’s exercise or a good yoga session or just a brief and brisk walk; all of these will help your physical and mental health. Going to bed earlier can also mean you can wake up earlier and make time for a morning cardio session with just yourself or even with a friend.
Waking up early has been proven to have so many beneficial elements towards our health. This will lead to increased energy, a more happier mood and a healthier you.
3. Find time-saving meal strategies
If you don’t already know, you don’t have to cook every single night. Try to meal plan at the start of the week or even make enough food in one meal to have leftovers for the next couple of days.
This will save you tons of time and also allow for more time to yourself. Instead of being in the kitchen for an hour, you can now use this extra time to do something for yourself.
4. Set a date with other moms
Surely most of us have mom friends. Make a date each week or every two weeks with one of your good mom friends, and stick to it.
Mark it on your calendar, so that you can’t make any excuses. Allowing this time for yourself will in turn give you much needed girl time, away from kids, and away from all the chaos.
5. Give in to indulgences from time to time
While I don’t condone allowing kiddos to play with electronics for long periods of time, sometimes this is the only way to get a moment, and to come up for a breath of fresh air just to collect ourselves.
Let them play with the tablet or watch their favorite cartoon so that you can enjoy an hour of peace and quiet. We need this to stay sane!
Don’t make yourself feel guilty. It’s better to have this time to re-collect your energy than to lose your shit after the kids drove you absolutely bonkers.
Finding time for yourself should never feel like a chore. Incorporate time into your every day routine. Don’t make excuses for yourself and also, make these habits.
Habits become everyday routines and part of your life. Rather than calling this a a must to have time for yourself, refer to it as a habit you practice daily to keep your sanity. You’ll thank me for it later.
How do you find time for yourself as a working mom?