It’s the new year, we’ve all heard about self care and how important it is to find some “me time” in our everyday lives. Let’s be real for a second; that’s not how it works. It’s not as simple as just “finding some time for me”. There are always things that need fixing or finding or fetching and half the time it’s the kids themselves. In my life, and I’m sure you’ve been here too, there’s not a lot of real life “me time”. Instead of getting upset about it or running myself ragged, I use these quick tips to make the most of my time so I can enjoy a little time by myself.
How to Find Real Life “Me Time”:
Figure Out What Makes You Happy
This is probably the hardest part of enjoying time alone without the kids. It’s easy to get wrapped up in what they enjoy and just go with the flow. One of the things I try and do is set some time aside during school, sleep, whatever it takes, to just relax and unwind. Isn’t that what all mom’s like? Quiet moments of sitting still! During those few quiet moments I try and think of something that I’d really like to do. Make a list if you have to, I know I’ll forget half of them if I don’t put it in my phone or write it down somewhere. Now I know what to do when I come across some free time. It’s impossible to schedule it so I have to be ready when the time arises!
Read a Book or a Magazine
Do you ever get to feeling like your brain needs something other than just social media to consume? Between work and personal stuff I feel like I’m on social media all day long. Sometimes my favorite thing to do with “me time” is just indulge in a good book or a magazine. Next on Scene is a new local magazine that’s reached national exposure and it has everything from Celebrity stories to Boston events. When I have a few minutes to myself it’s the perfect way to unwind and focus on something other than Instagram photos! The travel articles are great and they feature products, style topics, and even food. It’s a great mix of stuff that is perfect for unwinding in the bathtub or on the couch.
Speaking of Bathtubs…
I firmly believe that soaking in the bathtub is good for the soul. It’s oddly refreshing, just a short time of soaking in bubbly hot water can make a big difference. It’s a “me time” staple for a lot of people because it works! It relaxes your body and your mind at the same time. You can take the chance of dropping your phone or table in the water or you can go straight for the classic book or magazine. I always lock the door because who really wants company while they’re in the tub trying to relax?!? Next on Scene and a glass of wine and I’m all set for some physical and mental relaxation.
Get Out of the House
There are so many things that always need done at home. Sometimes the most relaxing thing in the world is just getting out of the house. It’s never a bad time to head to the salon and get a pedicure. Who care’s if you have to wear shoes all the time…you will know how pretty those toes look! It’s more about the process than anything else. If you don’t like to get a pedicure maybe a movie is more your speed? I swear, the most underrated thing in the world is seeing a movie by yourself. It’s not a lonely and awkward as you might think. It’s actually kind of nice and did I mention not sharing the popcorn?! You get the picture, go out and do something fun. Relaxing isn’t always just sitting on the couch or soaking in the tub. You can relax by treating yourself to a couple of hours out of the house.
This should go without saying…If you have some free time and you are behind on your shows, catch up! There’s always something you want to watch without the kids or without any distractions. I know it’s not going to get you any closer to your health and fitness goals, you probably won’t really exercise your mind at all either, but it’s enjoyable and that’s what “me time” is all about! There’s probably a way to make this better as well: ice cream. Find the hidden ice cream that you didn’t want the kids to know you had and dig in. No judgement here, I’ll be right there next to you.
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How do you sneak in some “me” time?