11 Fantastic Ways for Moms to Get a Little Me Time
It’s almost 2 a.m. as I roll into bed and close my eyes. Before I know it, the sun’s up, the baby’s whimpering, kids are stirring, and it’s time to start another day. I juggle responsibilities, hanging precariously onto this balancing act called life. All too quickly, it’s time for baths and bedtime, afterward being intense and focused work time for me. Before I know it, my day’s ended, I’m rolling back into bed, and I haven’t really done anything just for me.
I love what I do. I love being a mom, I love homeschooling my boys, and I love my work. I love my work so much that sometimes I feel like it could be counted as me time. But work is work, and in the end, it’s still a job with deadlines and responsibilities I’m required to meet.
Me time is and should be different, though I’ll admit that even just writing the phrase makes me a bit uncomfortable. It shouldn’t, but it does. I think as moms, it’s easy for us to think of me time as selfish, when in fact, it’s quite the opposite. Think of it this way… Being a mom is a 24/7 job. We’re always on call. While there’s no time clock to punch in and out, there really aren’t any days off either.
Me time is a chance to re-focus, re-energize, refresh and replenish. It’s an opportunity to fill our tank. It’s a chance to put on our oxygen mask, so we can help place the oxygen on our sweet ones. Believe it or not, it’s also a good example for our kids; self-care is not selfish… it’s necessary and it’s healthy.
That said, I’d like to propose that me time be a quiet time, unplugged and away from electronics and the noise of the world. When we get away from all the noise, it gives us a chance to reflect, in turn, giving us a chance to individually grow.
So, if no noise, what to do during that daily me time? I have 11 fantastic ideas to get you started. By the time you’ve read them through, your brain will likely be sparking with even more light bulb ideas for quality time by yourself.
1. Daily Quiet Time/Devotions – Spend a few minutes in reflection, in prayer and in the Word. If you’re not really a spiritual person (and even if you are), maybe start a Gratitude Journal, where you list out 5-10 things you’re grateful for every single day. Gratitude has a way of changing our perspective, making us see things in a whole different light.
2. Start a journal – Journaling has come a long way. For many, it’s no longer the written word; it’s also become an art form. Just search the hashtags #journaling or #biblejournaling on Instagram, and you’ll quickly see what I mean; you may even be inspired to start a journal of your own. Journaling is a way to reflect and remember; it’s also very therapeutic. As above, it can also be a way to list what we’re grateful for.
3. Grab a coloring book – If you loved coloring as a kid, why shouldn’t you keep it up as an adult? Get one of these new-fangled adult coloring books, your own set of crayons or colored pencils, and have fun!
4. Take up a hobby – Do you love crafting? Cooking? DIY? Cars? Pick a hobby that makes you happy and get to it!
5. Go somewhere – Get a sitter for the kids, and go somewhere different. Change it up a little. Even if it’s just you, go to your favorite restaurant, a park or the library. Maybe take a book along, or maybe do a little people watching. Sometimes just a simple change of scenery can be more refreshing than anything.
6. Exercise – Go for a walk. Practice yoga. Take a fitness class. Dance. Do something fun! Exercise is known to reduce stress, and it helps us stay healthy.
7. Get outside – Speaking of going somewhere, why not simply go outdoors? Sit on the deck, run through a sprinkler, explore or find an outdoor project. Sunshine is another healthy addition to quality me time.
8. Get your fingers in the dirt. Did you know gardening is beneficial to both our physical and mental health? Check it out!
9. Read a book. Pick a good book and read it. Give yourself a chance to read different genres. So, I said no electronics, but this is one exception… Set up a profile on Goodreads where you can connect with other book-loving friends. In no time at all, you’ll find all sorts of books you want to read.
10. Play a musical instrument. Even if you don’t know how, it’s never too late to take lessons. I’ve played the piano since I was 5, and it can be so relaxing, just chillin’ and playing music from a favorite era, movie or composer.
11. Take a bath. Pour a hot bath, add a few bubbles, and just relax. Let the stress of the day melt away.
I’m as guilty of this as anyone, but don’t let time be an excuse. Even if it’s only a few minutes every day, you can do this. Wake up 15 minutes early, or spend a half-hour during naptime. If you want it bad enough, you can do anything you put your mind to.
What are your ideas for quiet time for Mom? If you had just 15 minutes a day to do whatever you want, what would you do?