As a mom, it can be difficult to get “alone time.” Children are needy, especially when they’re in the infant and toddler stages, and even getting a few minutes alone in the bathroom can feel like a vacation. It’s important to make time for yourself so you don’t drown in the chaos of mommyhood.
We all need a break sometimes, but we often neglect to give ourselves the space for rest and rejuvenation. So I want to tell you right now to take a break, whenever you can get it, wherever you can. You don’t have to work nonstop just because you are Mom, and you shouldn’t have to hide your me-time activities or feel guilty for doing something you want to do. Self-care is important. If we don’t take care of ourselves and fill our own tanks, how are we supposed to keep giving selflessly to others? Here are a few more reasons to schedule regular mini-retreats to recharge.
- Retreats are proven stress relievers — a little time alone can do wonders for stress, low energy and anxiety. Consider it a must-do to take a little time regularly from the busyness of life.
- Setting aside dedicated time to focus on a specific project can help you achieve more in less time, whether that project is for your job, the baby book, or that awesome shawl you’re knitting for yourself.
- Regular me-time can help you keep your creative spark lit — a necessity when you’re entertaining children all day!
- Your mini-retreat time can be used to learn something new. Maybe you want to learn how to knit or paint or do hand lettering. What skill or hobby do you want to learn? Schedule some time to start working on some new skills!
“Energy creates energy. It is by spending myself that I become rich.” ~Sarah Bernhardt
Your me-time retreat may be a hot coffee at your local coffee shop, or a rare, kid-free trip to the grocery store. Maybe it’s a cold drink on your back porch in a lounge chair, or a hot bath in your own bathtub after the kids go to bed. Maybe you can take a quick trip to the nail salon for a pedicure in one of those wonderful massage chairs, or find a coupon for a relaxing massage. Maybe it’s a phone call with your best friend who lives across the country, while your kids watch television in the other room. I’ve done all of these things for some quick, much needed me-time. Leave the kiddos home with Dad, a family member or a babysitter, and do something fun and relaxing for yourself!