Y’all have heard me talking about making time for self care before (here, here, and here are just a few examples!). For us mamas, self-care is something that I feel so passionate about. In my opinion, you can’t be a good mama and never take care of yourself or make time for yourself. You may be a mom but you’re still a person. That person still deserves some me time.
But, as a mom, I know it can be hard to make time for yourself (hello mom guilt). So I thought it would be helpful for y’all to share some tips on making time for yourself for some self-care.
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How to Make Time for Self Care: 10 Easy Ways
Give Yourself Permission
For me, this is absolutely #1 for me. I don’t know about y’all but for me, I often find it hard to just give myself the grace and permission I need to take some time for myself. Know that it’s something you deserve, and something you need to be a better mama. Give yourself that permission to take care of yourself. You’ve earned it, mama!
Try to Let Go and Delegate
Even though there are often roles and responsibilities we inevitably fall into, right? But if you’re looking for a way to get some time to yourself, try to delegate some stuff to your partner, or to your older, more trust-worthy kids and (going back to my #1) give yourself permission to just let it be and relax. The house (and yes, maybe even the mess) will still be there when you get back, even if it’s not in perfect condition.
Let your Partner Handle Bedtime
If you’re a SAHM, you’re with the kids all day, every day. You’re taking care of breakfast, dressing them, entertaining and feeding them all day and then, typically, you’re also dealing with dinner and bedtime too. But when it’s realistic, let your partner handle bedtime and dinner clean-up and give yourself even just that hour or so for your me time. It’s perfect because your kids are occupied anyway with baths and getting ready for bed so they’re less likely to bust in on your me time.
Find Outside Help
I know COVID has changed a lot, but if you’re comfortable getting a sitter, hire one for the night and either get out of the house, or have the sitter keep the kids entertained so you can take a long, hot bath and just totally relax.
Sometimes I think we can often get stuck in this idea that self-care has to be this elaborate event. In reality, even just taking 15-20 minutes for yourself each day is absolutely self-care. Sitting down with an actual hot cup of coffee, locking yourself in your bedroom to apply a mask, painting your nails…these are all things that are amazing for your mental health
Re-Think your Mornings
I know it can be hard to think about waking up even earlier than you already are. But, truth be told, the quiet in the mornings before everyone gets up can be so peaceful. If you can swing it, try waking up even just half an hour before everyone is a great way to get in some me time
Take Advantage of the Time you Spend Waiting Around
Start to take note of the time you spend waiting. Waiting in line at school pick up, at doctor’s offices, or at sports practices takes up a lot more time than you think. This is actually a great opportunity to try and get in a little me time. Read a book, journal, enjoy the latte you picked up from that local coffee shop on your way over there
Have play Dates with Other Moms
I’ve always found a great way to get in some me time is by hanging out with my mom friends. We can head to a playground, let the kids play and chat more or less uninterrupted.
Make Self Care a Priority
If you don’t see it as a priority, it will be harder to make time for it. Start seeing yourself as just as much of a priority as your husband and your kiddos. Think about how much time you spend on them. You deserve this time for you too, mama.
Schedule Self Care In
This one seems kind of odd, I’ll admit. But, just like you’d schedule your annual check-up, a massage or anything else for yourself, take a look over your week or your day and find a way to fit it in! Book an appointment with yourself. Have your people call your people 😉
What about you? How do y’all find ways to make time for yourself? Let me know!