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A little “Me” time

Posted on: December 18, 2011

I recently read an article online entitled “Is ‘Me Time’ for Moms Selfish?”.   After reading the title of the article, I immediately thought, “No!  Of course it’s not”.  Turns out, the author of the article, Mia Redrick, feels the same way.

In the opening paragraph of her article Redrick states the following:

“Each day as I run through my Mommy To-Do list I am reminded of why taking time for myself is necessary. After drop off, a full day of work with deadlines that never end, pick up, dinner, baths, story times and more work to finish that I could not finish in my work day, I am too tired to do anything for me — other than put on my pj’s and go to sleep, knowing that tomorrow will be the same as today.”

Being a mom is exhausting, to say the least.  It’s non-stop whether you’re a working mom or a stay-at-home mom.  Either way, at the end of the day, you just want to put your pj’s on and crawl into bed.  But, as Redrick states later in her article, it is important to take time for yourself as well.  If you don’t take care of yourself you’ll be run down, stressed out, exhausted, and unhappy.  That’s not good for you, your spouse, or your children.  I feel that a happy mom = a happy home.

“Me” time can take on many different forms.  You could go get a manicure, go shopping, go to a spa, hang out with your girlfriends, see a show, go to the movies, take a nice long bubble bath…the list goes on.  Find something you enjoy doing, something that relaxes you and set aside time to do it.  Tell your husband he’s on duty while you relax.  If you’re a single mom, see if a family member or close friend can babysit for a few hours (or hire a babysitter if needed) while you go out and have a good time.  There’s no shame in doing so and no reason to feel guilty!

So, go on, have your “me time” and enjoy!

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10 Responses to "A little “Me” time"

Yeah I should get myself some too!

We all need it!

Completely agree! 🙂 Just finished reading Francine River’s new book this weekend and it was glorious!

PS – thanks for including SAH moms in the mix. Sometimes I wonder what people think we do all day . . .

Sounds very nice! 🙂
I know it’s busy being a SAHM, so I had to include you all. 🙂

I so believe in “me time” for mums. A happy mum means a happy family in my mind.

I agree.

It was like a breath of fresh air reading this Leah! I FINALLY went yesterday to get a mani/pedi and it was so so nice, I didn’t want to leave 🙂 It had been too long since I had a break like that, and I needed to do something before #2 arrives also – the never ending life of a mom 😉

Thanks Ranay. I’m glad you went out and had some time for yourself the other day. Especially important to do when pregnant! 🙂 You need to get some more “me” time in before baby #2 comes along and you’re super busy again.

You can get a lot of extra “me” time by letting G stay with is Aunt Becky while you and your mother go and clean and do whatever.

Hmm…I don’t know about that.

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