This post is sponsored by Armitron. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
If there is one thing I cannot stress enough and it’s the importance of taking time for yourself. Why is it so important? Because the time we spend alone with ourselves improves our physical and mental health. Without moments to ourselves it’s only a matter of time before we become less focused, short tempered in addition to feeling tired and overworked.
So what exactly is keeping moms from taking time that they so desperately need and deserve? The answer is simple. Time. It’s the one thing moms truly don’t have enough of. Time is something we talk about and say we’re going to take for ourselves, yet the lack of hours in a day prevents us enjoying life’s simplest pleasures. Taking time for oneself is a task that is truly easier said than done.
I know this from personal experience as I cannot tell you how many weekends since January I said I was going to the spa. I can tell you it’s more than a dozen. How many times did I make it there? None. I made it zero times. But that’s not surprising. Moms all over, myself included, find it increasing difficult to even carve out the smallest amount of time for themselves. Oh yes, I struggle with it just like you. And it’s quite understandable. We have jobs (in and out of the home), homes to care for, kids to care for, PTA meetings, after school extracurricular activities, etc. Hectic work/home schedules always leaves little room for mom to have time to herself.
So I decided to take a stand. Two weeks ago I opened my calendar and went to the first weekend that I was free and marked a day for myself. Nothing and no one would stop me. I shared this plan with my friend Allaya. She loved the idea and asked to tag along. Excitement was in the air!
But the burning question looming over us was, what would we do once we were out of the house? It didn’t take long for us to blow up our chat with things to do once we flew the coop. Then we thought about it – not all moms have hours to themselves. What if they only have an hour. What could they do in 60 minutes that would make them feel good? Our list is below:
30 THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH AN HOUR OF FREE TIME
Visit an ice cream shop
Rent a paddle boat in the park
Go for a walk/run
Get a facial/massage
Go for a drive
Walk the bridges
Take a yoga class
Get a wash and blowout
Take a class relating to a hobby
Do arts and crafts
Take a paint/wine class
Go thrift shopping
Lay with pets at the pet shop
Go to a happy hour
Get a makeover at Sephora
Get a wax
Rent a Citibike
Take a long hot bath
Visit a girlfriend
People watching at the park
Have a picnic
Go to the library to check out free books
Go to the bookstore to buy books
Play video/board games
Go to Target alone
Take a nap
Bake yourself a cake
When the day came for our big day out we had no clue as to what we were going to do, but we had a starting point from our list. Curfews don’t exist for us but our Armitron watches would keep us from staying out too late. That’s the best thing about watches, you don’t realize you need on til you have one on. Yeah we have our phones but when you’re trying to disconnect watches are the key. Armitron has a wide variety of watches that are perfect for every type of mom time adventure. They have sporty watches for moms who are seeking active time like fitness classes or swimming, casual watches for days you want to grab a bite with friends, and diamond accented watches for very special occasions such as a date night with your partner.
I filmed our entire adventure so you can see what you can do on your own (or with a friend) with at least one hour of time to yourself.
The next day despite us being out so late we felt great! And while we didn’t do all 30 it was still mission accomplished. When I woke up the next day I felt renewed and less stressed. Little annoyances around the house from the kids and the husband didn’t bug me like they did two days before. My internal rejuvenation clock was reset and I was ready to tackle on whatever the day had in store for me.
The after feeling of doing something that is just for you is why mom time is so important. I encourage all moms to open their calendars and pick a day just for you. Go out alone or tell a friend, spend one hour or several alone the choice is yours. But the choice to not do it is non-negotiable as your happiness and health depend on it.
Oh, by the way if you need a sitter so that you can take the time I’m giving you $35 (the equivalent of an hour and a half) towards a sitter from Urbansitter. This is for first time sign ups only. See now you’ve really got no excuse. Have fun!
*To shop the watches shown in this post visit Armitron online or at your nearest department store.