Hacks for Mums to Get Some “Me” Time
What exactly is “me” time? Ultimately, it’s time that I take for myself and while I don’t have a set time when I feel that I need some time to myself, I do the following:
Seize the moments
I take me time whenever I can. For example, during a football game or ballet, I end up being by myself or in the company of other adults. I use this opportunity to go to my car during their activity to get some time alone. Playing with my kids is something that I really enjoy; I take turns on the swing and race with them, and I love swimming with them. I don’t always need a lot of time to myself, but I get some when I need it. My children also have a strict and early bedtime routine which is good for me to unwind.
Send them to bed
The evening time is mummy and daddy’s time, quiet, Netflix and chill, talk and sometimes we do chores together. From 8:00pm, the kids are in their rooms, they might be sleeping, playing, chatting or reading but they are in their rooms. They, of course, push the boundaries and come downstairs with made up stories or questions that can wait until the next day. When this happens, they face the consequences of not staying in their room. Oh, their dad deals with them after 8:00pm except when he is not at home. It is a sort of me time.
Use your time well
What does my “me” time look like? To be honest, that is when I enjoy watching my programs, speaking with close friends and family, praying, reading, a good foot massage from hubby, sitting and doing nothing and the occasional Sunday nap. No, it’s not glamorous like a spa or anything like that. A good nap beats a spa any day. “Me” time does not have to cost you money, it can if that is what you want but I’m very simple, and I enjoy my own company.
Speak to your partner
I speak to my husband and we work things out together. For example, if I need the support, I ask him to take the kids out to the local park or for a walk, or if I had a rough night, he takes over with the morning routine. My husband mostly works from home. I usually take the kids out Tuesday to Friday and that allows him to get some quiet work time. In conclusion, everyone’s “me” time is unique to them, so make sure to seize every opportunity. What’s important is that you don’t forget about you and make sure to look after yourself.