Tips to Find More Me Time for a Busy Mom

The life of a mom can be exhausting. With so many responsibilities, it seems that there can never be enough caffeine. But just because you’re so busy as a mom doesn’t mean that you should never have free time. In fact, it’s important that you have “me time” constantly in order to relieve the stress of modern day motherhood. Finding me time can be tough for moms with so much to do, but it’s not impossible and it’s absolutely necessary. If you’ve had trouble with finding some time for yourself with all the duties of motherhood, check out these tips to help you find some free time so you can sit down and relax. Even consider checking out the baby on board contest during your downtime, and you may win a $10,000 makeover for your child’s room!

Sitter Swap

If you’re feeling tired and in need of some me time, chances are there are other moms in your circle of friends that are too. Try and work out a weekly “sitter swap” in order to get each of you some much needed R&R. Basically, you’ll take her kids for a few hours for one day a week, and she’ll do the same on another day. This leads to you getting some no stress time weekly that you can look forward to. Even when you’re the host you can look forward to some relaxation, since the kids will probably be entertaining each other. If you don’t feel like making a set schedule, ask your friends if they’re open to the idea of doing this kind of swap whenever needed. It will benefit everyone, and you’ll feel much more relaxed with your new free time.

Use Naptime

Depending on how old your kids are, naptime might be the part of the day that you look forward to the most! Usually moms tend to be running around the house doing things during naptime, but instead you should try and use that hour or two you get each day to sit down and relax. Spit it up a little bit; do laundry for little bit, and then sit down and get into that new book. You’ll find yourself much more relaxed if you can get an hour of stress free time each day, and using naptime to your advantage can give you that time.

Plan in Advance

In order to get some more time to relax each day, try and plan your days in advance so you can look forward to the time you can relax. If that means planning a night out with your girls for next month, do it! Even if it’s on a date that seems far away, it’s on the calendar and cannot disappear. Keep that schedule set in stone, and you’ll always have something good to look forward to.

Find a Reliable Babysitter

Having a babysitter you trust and can rely on makes the biggest difference when it comes to finding some relaxation time. If you don’t know the babysitter well enough, you may find yourself worrying during me time. Ask for recommendations from friends or family to find a babysitter that you can trust, and you’ll see that your nights out are more enjoyable.

*This article first appeared on The Healthy Moms Magazine on January 23, 2013
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