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?
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!