The Importance of Me Time as a Mom

Being a parent is a job that never seems to catch any breaks. In fact, there is a lot of negativity that surrounds it if you look at it from an outsider’s perspective. Plenty of mothers always talk about what they used to do and how they used to have fun to themselves, as if they are in a prison sentence or something.

There is some truth to that sentiment. As a parent, you have less free time and you’ll spend more time taking care of your kid. However, plenty of moms seem to purposefully avoid any breaks. They’ll never consider hiring a sitter and having a night out to unwind. They may try to avoid spending time alone as they may think it leaves a bad impression.

However, me time is very important, especially to new moms. Not only do you need time to unwind, but you need to improve your overall mental health. Here are a few reasons why.

You Need Time to Unwind

If you’re a new mom, or even a mother who has been around the block, you need some time to gather your thoughts and time away from everyone. You love your kids, but let’s face it, they can drive you bonkers at times. Having a little break can allow you to come back refreshed and ready to be a great mother to your child.

Some mothers think that a little bath or some time to herself when the kid as school counts as unwinding, but before you know it, the kid is back. You definitely need a little more time than that.

It’s Good for Your Mental Health

Not having enough time to yourself can increase your chances of depression, anxiety, and other mental health woes. This can affect your parenting greatly, especially if you already have a history of depression. For a mental health break, get yourself a sitter.

Having Fun is Not a Crime

As a mom, you deserve to spend some time doing what makes you happy. Now, let us be clear. Some mothers do take this too far, trying to live like they did before they had a kid and ignoring their child. Don’t be like that. Your life is not going to be how it was before you had a kid. With that said, too many moms throw away their fun life altogether and then wonder why they’re depressed. Spending a night out with the girls or doing your own hobby on occasion is a good thing and important for all moms.

Your Kid Could Use it Too

If you have a kid who is old enough to hold a conversation with, they sometimes need some me time too. They love their mom, but there are times when they just want to be left alone. Me time can not only help you, but your kids as well.

But How Do You Get it?

Here are some tips to help you get the me time you deserve.

Let People Help!

Oftentimes, mommies will try to avoid getting help whenever they can. If your parents have offered to watch the kids while you go on a break, you may feel guilty and reject doing so. If your spouse has offered the same, you may have ignored them.

It’s understandable why you may think that, but on occasion, let them help and you can get your me time.

Don’t Put Yourself as the Last Priority

It’s good that you’re looking out for others instead of yourself, but too many moms take that a bit too far and act like they have no say in things. Sometimes, you need a break. Sometimes, you have to be fun. Some may call it selfish, but if wanting a bit of me time on occasion is selfish, then so be it.

It Doesn’t Need to be Pricey

On occasion, a little break can be a good vacation, but if you don’t have the money, there are other ways you can do so. For example, you can go get some take-out with your spouse, or go see a movie. These are simple, yet effective ways to get that me time you deserve.

Look to a Counselor

If you need to vent and be yourself, a counselor can help you and make you feel better. If you feel like you don’t have time to get a counselor, there are plenty of online sources you can use. Sites like Regain can help you get counseling on your own schedule, which we know is busy.

Being a mom does mean less time to yourself, but it doesn’t mean no time at all. By taking some alone time, you can be able to improve your well-being and be able to feel better in the process.

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Jennifer Shackelford
 

Hi, I’m Jennifer, the founder and editor of TheMamaNeeds.com. On The Mama Needs, I write about experience with pregnancy, raising kids, and nutrition for both kids and expectant moms.. I love that blogging brings parents together and lets our readers know they’re not the only ones going through these experiences. I love seeing comments on my posts that say “I thought it was just me! I’m so glad it’s not!” Being a parent is hard, but friends and blogs really help.

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