Mom Guilt

Five a. m. wake up calls, school drop offs and car­pools, the list of mommy du­ties goes on and on, but how much of your time do you shame­lessly com­mit to self- care?

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The Im­por­tance of Tak­ing Time for Your­self

By ne­glect­ing your­self, you are ne­glect­ing your po­ten­tial as a par­ent. Some­thing as sim­ple as just tak­ing a few min­utes to your­self each day can make a world of dif­fer­ence. Your “me time” doesn’t have to be ex­pen­sive or ex­trav­a­gant in or­der to be ben­e­fi­cial. Don” t get me wrong, there will be times when a trip to the spa is in or­der, es­pe­cially when it gets to the point where your roots are so out of con­trol that if you put off a trip to the sa­lon any longer, your hair will be un­in­ten­tion­ally om­bréd.

Be­lieve me, your part­ner may not al­ways be sup­port­ive of your me time. Your mother- in- law may think you are self­ish for spend­ing time away from the chil­dren. Your own mother might even refuse to watch your kids for your seem­ingly fu­tile at­tempts at self- care. There are won­der­ful peo­ple in all of our lives that lift us up and re­mind us to treat our­selves, but some­times we let the naysay­ers have the up­per hand and we end up deny­ing our­selves of a lit­tle time alone.

As hard as it may be, ig­nore the mom guilt for a lit­tle while and cel­e­brate your­self with a bit of re­lax­ation. Ask your­self, will it make me happy? If so, that’s all that mat­ters. Pick up the phone and call a sit­ter. Spend a day tend­ing to your gar­den, sweat­ing it out at the gym, or sim­ply tak­ing a walk to clear your head. What­ever cen­ters you and brings you peace is con­sid­ered self- care, it does not have to be an ex­pen­sive beauty treat­ment or an ex­trav­a­gant pur­chase. Do what you have to do to main­tain your san­ity, not only as a mother, but as a woman.

You will be re­freshed, re­vi­tal­ized, and ready to rock that car­pool lane!

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