Mommy ‘me time’ is so important (and daddy ‘me time’ as well).
We all “snap” at times or have those times we just want to run away, but do you ever find your self snapping more than normal?
Chances are it has happened at some point or another, when you just feel worn down and burnt out. (It actually reminds me of that scene in the movie Bad Moms, where Kristen Bell’s character says she wants to get sick enough to go into the hospital and have everyone take care of her for a while.)
Well let me tell you something, mom and dad, a desire to run away from your life (even just for a little while) is a serious red flag and a sign you need some ‘me time.’
But the good news is that ‘me time’ doesn’t have to be complicated, as self-care expert Jody Agard points out in the audio clip above.
Below, we share 25 quick mommy ‘me time’ ideas you can try for yourself. But first, we want to delve into why making ‘me time’ a priority is so important.
Why Mommy Me Time Is Important
“In traditional ground-fought wars, the command post behind the lines would often have hot coffee, good food and dry clothes. Was this because the generals were selfish? Or because they deserved it for having made the highest ranks in the military?
No, it was because if the command fell or experienced low morale, the rest of the troops, and indeed the entire war effort, would be in jeopardy. Those leaders making critical decisions needed to be at their best.”
It’s easy to see the parallel to parenting, here.
You, mom and dad, are the generals, and your children are your troops. How can you make sure your kids are at their best and that you’re making the best decisions for them (being patient, listening without judgement, being an unwavering supportive figure for them) if you’re burned out yourself?
Bottom line: you can’t.
Being available for your kids at all times is exhausting and can make even the joys of parenting feel like chores.
There’s also something else to consider: the example you’re setting.
What do you want for your kids when they grow up and have families of their own?
Do you want them to drop everything they love doing for their kids? Do you want them to feel the burnout that you may be feeling right now? Or do you want more for them?
Let’s be real, of course you want more!
Which is why it’s important to remember that our children our watching us and learning from our behavior.
What example are you setting for them? What example do you want to set?
25 Quick Mommy Me Time Ideas
Hopefully I’ve convinced you of just how important it is to have set aside mommy ‘me time’ for yourself. But, as I said at the beginning, it doesn’t have to be complicated and involve entire days away from your family or long trips.
We even shared a mom hack that you can implement today to better self-care.
The important thing to know is that ‘me time’ can be simple things you can do in and around your own home.
Here are 25 ideas to get you started:
- Go a walk/run/bike ride
- Read a book or magazine you’ve been wanting to make time for
- Dance around your room listening to your favorite song
- Meditate for five minutes
- Take a nap
- Take a bath
- Do yoga
- Sit by yourself and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee
- Give yourself a pedicure or manicure
- Enjoy a long stretching session
- Do your hair and make up (just because it makes you feel good)
- Sit in your favorite spot inside or outside and let your mind wander
- Give yourself a beauty treatment
- Plant a garden
- Watch funny videos on YouTube
- Give yourself a massage with a foam roller
- Binge watch your favorite show (guilt-free)
- Make a list of things you love about yourself
- Take an extra long shower
- Try a new recipe
- Put together a puzzle
- Make a craft
- Go to bed early
- Do nothing
Conclusion: Mommy Me Time Ideas
Mommy ‘me time’ is so incredibly important, both for your own mental and physical health as well as the example you’re setting for your kids. Allowing yourself to become burned out doesn’t serve anyone, certainly not your marriage or your kids.
We all want to be a superhero to our families and it’s sometimes hard to admit that we need help, that we can’t do it all. But it’s unreasonable to expect ourselves to be able to give and give and give without ever refilling our own glass. We need that ‘me time’ so that we don’t become depleted, so that we can restore ourselves and have more to give.
Fortunately, mommy ‘me time’ doesn’t have to be complex or expensive. There are numerous things you can do in and around your own home to take care of you, mom. Hopefully this list of 25 will give you a few ideas of how you can get started.
The list is virtually endless. The only requirement for ‘me time’ is that it allows YOU to feel nurtured and restored. So tell us, what are YOU doing to make sure you’re getting in some ‘me time’?