Making More Time For Yourself As a Mom

We all know that being a mom is hard work. Aside from taking care of your family, you’ve got to take care of the house, your routine and try to fit in a job too. There are a lot of demands on your time, which can mean that the time that’s left for yourself is minimal.

But despite all of your chores and commitments, it’s important to enjoy some ‘me’ time. Reclaiming some of that time back can help you get in touch with yourself and your interests to help you feel more like you again. See some of the ways you can make more time for yourself as a mom to get back on track.

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Share the load

It can be a lot of work to take on your family, house and work by yourself. Having someone there to share the load can help free up some of your time, and make sure that not everything rests on your shoulders. Many new moms face mental health issues, but having someone to share the load could ease some of the pressure, as well as giving you time to help you catch your breath and focus on yourself.

Learn something new

There are many benefits that come with learning something new. Whether you decide to try your hand at baking or learn a new language, you can engage a different part of your brain and switch off for a while by learning something new. Signing up to a class will give you the opportunity to do something for yourself and meet some new people, where your family aren’t the only topic of conversation. It’s beneficial for your mental health to spend time enjoying your hobbies and interests and to make sure you get some time to yourself.

Don’t be afraid to hire a nanny

Sometimes it’s great to let someone else take over for you to have some time to yourself, or time with your partner. Hiring a nanny can free up some time during your day to catch up on housework, run errands, see your friends or anything else you want a bit of time to yourself for. Hiring nannies can be a great long-term or casual solution to give you some of your time back. While you might be reluctant at first, you’ll soon start to enjoy the benefits of having someone else help out.

Adjust your routine

Being a mom will completely alter your life, and that includes your schedule too. For a while, things will be out of control while you try to adjust to these changes. However, once things settle down, you should think about making some newer changes to your routine. Getting up earlier in the mornings could help you find time for exercise, for reading, pampering and other activities that you used to enjoy doing. They might only be small things, but they’ll make a big difference to you and your mental health.

Making more time for yourself is important to remind you of who you are and to help you remember that you have a life and interests outside of your family. Focus on giving yourself some more time so that you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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