Make the Most of Your Me-Time
If me-time seem like an impossible concept among your myriad of responsibilities as a mother, wife, friend, or professional, you’re not alone. As women, most of us are taught to care for others, often at the expense of our own well-being.
However, the best way to care for others is to ensure your own needs are met first. Just remember the airplane safety instructions you hear flight after flight: put your own oxygen mask on first before helping others.
Once you’ve made some time in your life for a day to yourself, though, it can be difficult to know what to do. You might be tempted to catch up on housework that you’ve been behind on, or paying bills you haven’t gotten around to yet.
Resist the temptation to be productive! Me-time should mean using your time to simply enjoy yourself and get revitalized.
To take full advantage of your me-time, consider doing something creative, restful, or exciting. All of these feelings are great ways to get back to our roots and feel refreshed.
Check out our suggestions below!
Go Someplace You’ve Never Been Before
Obviously, if you have a large family or your parents live nearby, it is possible to ask them for help. While they watch the kids and your partner takes care of whatever is manageable for them, you can go out and explore your own city or someplace nearby.
Take the opportunity to discover someplace you’ve never been before. Perhaps there’s a beautiful waterfall just outside your city that you’ve heard about from other moms, but never seen yourself. Or there’s a cute rustic town nearby that you’ve always been curious about.
Go on that daytrip and learn something new about yourself in the process.
Complete a Pinterest Project
If Pinterest is your thing, take your day off to complete some of those projects you’ve pinned.
Even if you don’t consider yourself the craftiest or most artistic person, there are loads of projects that are easy to do and don’t require a lot of skill. Projects that allow you to work with your hands are great stress relievers and who knows, maybe you’ll learn a valuable new skill or hobby in the process.
Because they are existing projects, someone else has already done the majority of the creative legwork for you. All you need to do is follow the instructions.
Aside from enjoying the process, you’ll also be able to enjoy your creation and be reminded of your me-time, and its importance, when you look at it.
Take a Spa Day
Never underestimate the value of a spa day. If there’s one way to relax and recharge, this is it.
If you already have a gift certificate to someplace, don’t let it sit among a pile of paperwork, use it! Get a mani-pedi. Treat yourself to a massage, full body wrap, or facial. Get in the hot tub and soak. Try out a new hair cut or style.
Taking care of your body is essential to ensuring your mind is healthy as well. Chances are you’ll come back with a glow and feel ready to handle whatever comes your way after a day of indulgence and self-pampering.
Treat Yourself to Some Entertainment
If your entertainment sources have mainly been kid-centric since you’ve had children, use your day off for something more your speed. Take yourself out to a movie complete with a bucket of popcorn.
Go see a play, musical, opera, ballet or some other form of cultural performance. Listen to all your favorite albums or go see some live music.
Remind yourself of the luxury of entertainment and allow yourself to escape into someone else’s world for a little while.
Embrace the Silence
Silence is more valuable than gold in some families. If you have a particularly noisy household, a day to yourself is also an opportunity to embrace the silence.
You may have your own version of what that means, but it can be as simple as sitting outside in your backyard in the sunshine, reading that book you’ve meant to finish, or taking a long candlelit bath with a glass of wine as your companion.
If you have a more spiritual side, me-time is also a great opportunity to pray or mediate, practice yoga, or engage in an activity that gets you in the zone where you can enjoy your own thoughts and focus inward.
Gaiam Life (Recharging Ahead: 7 Wars to Take Guilt-Free ‘Me’ Time)
iMom (31 Ideas for Mom’s Daily ‘Me Time’)
WebMD (A Woman’s Guide to ‘Me’ Time)
The Telegraph (Mothers Need Me-Time, Too)