I cannot tell you how many forums I’ve been in where moms ask if they should take time for themselves. If should is the question, then the answer would undoubtedly be, HELL YES!
I don’t know where the idea came from that me time should be an agonizing guilt-ridden decision but I wish it would go back into the dark hole from where it came. Let me say it for those in the back who may have missed it, there is nothing wrong with taking GUILT FREE time for yourself.
Yes, we’re parents, but that doesn’t mean that we have to spend every waking second with our kids attached to our hips or tugging on our skirts. Where in the rulebook (if there were to be one) does it say that? It doesn’t. Escaping the kids for a few hours or a weekend to be alone or with your partner should never be taboo or done with a heavy heart and mind. Time alone does wonders for you and those around you. See how with these four reasons:
It makes you feel good
Ask yourself, what makes me feel good? Personally, I feel good when I’m able to read a few chapters of a book I just purchased, when I can have an entire mug of tea to myself or when I can run errands alone. I make it a priority to do a little something each day that’s just for me even if it’s just for a few moments. And when I know I can schedule my me time around nap time with my youngest it gives me something to look forward to. Every mom needs a moment in her day that will make her feel good.
It’ll make your family happy
And while we’re on the subject of what makes you feel good, let’s talk about when that good feeling spills over to your family. You see, your mood affects your family’s mood as well. If you find yourself feeling frustrated and snappy at the simplest thing like a sock on the floor or a plate left on the table then the kids and your partner won’t know how to receive you. They will be worried about what will set mommy off, creating mounting tension. It’s at this moment where you need to take a step back in order to get yourself back in a better frame of mind. Your family will thank you for it.
It will keep you healthy
When you don’t make time for you your body will revolt. Don’t believe me? Remember that unexplained headache, the strange body aches or that time where you nodded off sitting straight up. Yeah, those are all telltale signs that you need to take better care of yourself. You have to give your body the proper rest and nutrients it needs to sustain itself. Eating toddler leftovers is not a complete meal and only getting only four hours of sleep is not considered a good night’s rest. If you can make sure that everyone else is taking care of their bodies then you need to follow your own advice and do the same for your own.
You earned it
Nothing more needs to be said here. You did earn it and no one deserves it more than YOU. Enjoy it.