Getting “Me Time” at Home
This post isn’t going to have super cute pictures, teach you a new recipe or talk about your kids. This is about YOU. I’m sure you’ve heard a million times over about how important it is to take care of yourself getting “me time”… maybe your online parenting group is covered in posts about how important it is to go get your hair done or a pedicure. Taking weekend vacations or nights out with the girls. If you’re anything like me those things just aren’t always POSSIBLE. Maybe you don’t have the same amazing support system as other mom’s you know. Maybe you work all day and would feel too guilty spending the small amount of time you get with your family, without them. Maybe you don’t have the money to do it.
Whatever you reason is, I GET IT.
But, the truth is… you do need me time. We all do. So with our crazy lives wiping drool, running kids to the potty, cooking every meal and cleaning up after tiny tornadoes, how is that possible? Here are just a few ideas of what you can do guilt free without needing a babysitter.
You might not love this idea and if not, don’t run away just yet. There are plenty others, I promise. I LOVE going to the gym since it has a daycare but there was a time when I didn’t have a membership and I am currently avoiding taking my kids there since it’s flu season. What can you do at home?
WALK. Take the kids with, put them in a stroller with headphones and a tablet or cell phone. They’ll stay quiet and you will actually get some time to think without having to talk about Elsa or Jake. A little bit of electronics wont break them.
WORKOUT VIDEOS- YouTube! They have tons of great, free videos. These are awesome during naps or right after the kids go to bed. I swear that mountain of clothes can wait 30 min. “but the dishes….” Yep, those can wait too.
Wake up Early
I can hear the groaning from here. “But the baby was up all night” “I need the sleep”
We could all use more sleep but let’s face it, alone time is necessary for sanity too. Drink a cup of coffee and read a book. Scroll through Facebook. Just lay on the couch and watch your favorite show. Work out if that’s your thing. Take a freaking peaceful shower. Paint your nails. WHATEVER YOU WANT.
Yeah, you need quality time with your spouse, we all do. You also need to take care of yourself to ensure you can nurture that relationship, too. It’s ok to go up to your room alone while hubby is still cleaning up, watching tv in the living room, etc. Go take a bubble bath. Drink a glass of wine or a beer on the patio. Pick what you want on TV and watch that. COLOR. Read.
Find a hobby
Sewing, painting, knitting, updating your home, making decor, refinishing furniture, origami, making greeting cards… the list goes on and on. The point is that whatever you do, you are doing it because it brings you peace and isn’t about caring for someone else in your family.
There are so many options. The point is, don’t forget about YOU. You don’t need to go spend $200 at the salon to get alone time. Heck, you can even *gasp* put the TV on to distract the munchkins while you go sit at the counter and pig out on something you just don’t feel like sharing. They don’t always need to be asleep or gone. I know a lot of this seems like common sense but somehow we keep forgetting to do it. Let’s all get better at that.
How do you get you time?