Learn how one of our favorite Mom Ambassadors gets "me time"
It’s a question we all have to ask ourselves—have we taken any time for ourselves today? As moms, we often get caught up in the day to day and the wants and needs of others. We doubt ourselves and tend to feel selfish taking that time to do something we love. I spent years squeezing in workouts before the sun came up or when the baby would nap. I always felt like it wasn’t fair to my children if I took time I should be spending with them on myself. I learned I was wrong. In fact, I was doing them a disservice. They didn’t get to see me or encourage me to do something I love. They didn’t see how important self-care was for the body and the soul. I needed to make a change.
When my third was seven months old my hubby and I started using the childcare offered at our local YMCA on almost a daily basis. It became something we scheduled into our day with no excuses. It was good socialization for not only me but for our children. Plus, we got a kid-free hour together most days! Doing what you love doesn’t have to take an hour or require going somewhere to do it, but for me, I needed to completely disengage from being a mom and focus on my health. Sure, my mind still wanders to what I need to do when I leave, but I find my workout time helps me to sort that out and prioritize my life. That hour makes me a better mom and wife and gives me a sense of sanity.
Make a point to do something every day that makes you happy. You totally deserve it. The days you don’t feel like it are the days you need it the most. I always love the saying “You’ll never regret a workout”.
I got my “me” time in today. Wednesday’s are crazy, but with lots of prep and an I-can-do-this attitude ( I literally say that out loud a few times a day), I get it done. It goes like this: do bus pick up, zip off to preschool dropoff, get my little man into the childcare at the YMCA, relieve my morning coffee and morning water chug (yay mommy bladder!), hop on a treadmill for a 30-minute HIIT (high intensive interval training) run and cool down, grab the little guy from childcare, and walk into music class just as the instructor sings “Welcome everybody you’re here at last.”
But I did it! I took that time to set the tone for the rest of the day. I know that I am lucky to be home with my kids and that finding “me” time is my biggest complaint. I don’t take anything we have for granted, but getting that time is so important for staying connected to yourself. So whatever makes you happy—do it and don’t feel guilty. We all deserve happiness. This craziness is only temporary, so don’t lose yourself along the way. Make time mom. If you’re happy and confident, your kids will be too.