Motherhood can be a juggling act. You are constantly trying to balance work, home life, and taking care of your children. It can often feel like you don’t have time for yourself. This is especially true if you are the type of mom who feels guilty taking time for yourself. But it is important to make time for yourself, even if it is just a few minutes each day. In this blog post, we will discuss seven ways to take mommy time without feeling selfish!
Let’s set the scene. Your two-year-old somehow found a rogue crayon under the couch and is looking for something to write on.
Your three-year-old is now calling you “mom” over and over. I mean mommy was cute but mom? Who’s that.
Lastly, your newborn is crying because they are wet or hungry or both.
Wait, that was me today.
That was me, but now I’m taking some much-needed mommy time to re-focus and honestly, just breathe.
Sometimes that’s all it takes. A moment to just breathe. This is what I want to discuss in this post. So let’s lean in.
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What is Mommy Time?
Mommy time is when a mom takes time out for herself to do something that she enjoys. This can be anything from reading a book, taking a bath, going for a walk, or even just sitting in silence.
It is important to find an activity that helps you relax and recharge. For some moms, this may be going to the gym or taking a yoga class. It is different for everyone!
Why is Mommy Time Important?
Mommy time is important because it allows you to recharge your batteries. As a mom, you are constantly giving of yourself.
You are always taking care of others and putting their needs before your own. This can lead to mom burnout.
Mommy time allows you to take a break from your mom duties and focus on yourself. It is important to remember that if you are not taking care of yourself, you will not be able to take care of your family.
Ways to Take Mommy Time
This is often the hardest part! Making time for mommy time can feel impossible some days. But there are a few ways that you can make time for yourself.
Wake Up Early
This is my personal favorite way to make time for myself. I am not a morning person by any means, but I have found that waking up early allows me to get a jump start on my day. I can enjoy a cup of coffee in silence, read my Bible, and just take some time to breathe before the craziness of the day begins.
Schedule It In Your Week
Another way to make time for mommy time is to set aside some time each day. This can be first thing in the morning, during your lunch break, or even right before bed. It is important to put it in your schedule so that you are less likely to push it off.
Get a Babysitter
If you have the means, another great way to make time for mommy time is to get a babysitter. This can be once a week, every other week, or even just once a month. It is important to find someone that you trust to watch your children so that you can focus on yourself.
Mommy Time Outs
Last but not least, mommy time-outs are a great way to take mommy time without feeling guilty. This can be anything from going to the bathroom by yourself to taking a moment to refocus.
I’ve taken 5-minute mommy time-outs and have even told my toddlers that “mommy needs a time out” to help them understand that I need a moment to collect myself. During this time I place them in their room for play/quiet time. It is important to remember that mommy time-outs are not a bad thing! They are actually good for you and your children.
Schedule a Playdate
This is a great way to take time while still being with your children. Invite another mom and her child/children over to your house and have a playdate! This allows you to socialize with other adults while still spending time with your kids.
Start a Passion Project
This can be anything from starting a blog to painting to gardening. Find something that you are passionate about and start working on it! This is a great way to take mommy time because you are doing something that you enjoy.
Talk with your Spouse/Partner
Lastly, if you’re feeling overwhelmed it is important to talk with your spouse or partner about incorporating more alone time. They need to be on board with you taking some time for yourself.
You could even propose going on a date night with him or having a girls’ night out with friends. Find something that works for both of you and make it happen! Remember, mommy time is important!
So there you have it! seven ways to take mommy time without feeling selfish. It allows you to recharge your batteries so that you can be the best mom possible. So go ahead and take some time for yourself! You deserve it!
Mommy Time Quotes and Encouragement
“A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.” -Unknown
“There’s no place like home… except for mom’s house.” – Unknown
“My mom is my best friend, my confidante, and the person I turn to for advice.” – Unknown
“A mom’s love is unconditional.” – Unknown
“The heart of a mom is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” – Honore de Balzac
“Home is wherever mom is.” – Unknown
“My mom always said that if I wanted something done, I should ask a busy person to do it.” – Unknown
“My mom is the greatest mom in the world. She’s my best friend, and I can talk to her about anything.” – Michael Jordan
“There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one.” – Jill Churchill
“A mom’s hug eliminates all the little problems in the world.” – Unknown
“A mom’s love is patient and accepting, no matter what.” -Unknown
“My mom is the most positive and important influence in my life.” – Tiger Woods
“The only thing better than having you for a mom is my children having you for a grandma.” – Unknown
“I realized when you look at your mom, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” – Mitch Albom
“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln
I hope you enjoyed these mommy time quotes and tips on how to take mommy time without feeling selfish. Remember, mommy time is important! It allows you to recharge your batteries so that you can be the best mom possible. So go ahead and take some time for yourself! You deserve it!
Octavia Steen is an NBDA certified fertility doula, health coach, certified fitness nutrition specialist, aspiring missionary with the COGIC, and owner of Mother Mindset. She helps future and current mamas become more consistent in faith + fitness and grow closer to God so they can create a healthier lifestyle from the inside out!