I have five kids. Sometimes I wonder why I’m not bald from pulling my hair out in frustration. I love them so stinkin’ much, but honestly they can drive me super nuts sometimes. I find that sometimes all my time, every moment is spent doing something for my kids. It can be very overwhelming. It took me many years to realize that I’m happier if I spend just a small amount of time each week away from the kids (and husband) and just having “Me time.”
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Take a Class
I love taking exercise classes. My gym has a wide range, and excellent child care. I drop off the kids to play and lose myself in Zumba or whatever! If you don’t have a gym membership, check your community. You can tons of different classes. The exercise will give you an escape and help your body and mind.
Community programs are also available for craft classes, education, the works. Find something you will enjoy and get out there. It’s wonderful to meet new people and develop a hobby or further educate yourself.
Take a Trip
Find a group of girlfriends and take a trip. It can be a staycation, a trip to a spa, camping or even Disneyland. Last year, I went hiking in Havasupai. I had time to sit and enjoy nature and think. I really got to know myself and what I was capable of. I’m excited with the possibilities the future holds!
Have some beauty time
Getting your hair or nails done routinely will also give you a bit of me time. It takes several hours to color my hair, I get time to chat with my stylist (a close friend), read a book, and just be with myself. At the end, I feel beautiful and refreshed! Check with beauty schools in your area. Don’t be afraid, the students are closely monitored and don’t serve customers until they have gone through a ton of training. You will save yourself a ton of money and look fantastic!
Get up Early
If you get up before your kids, you will have a bit of pleasant time by yourself. Don’t clean, or start the wash. Just grab a cup of cocoa and a magazine and just chill. Your day will be nothing but running as soon as the littles rise. I love peppermint hot chocolate and Entertainment Weekly.
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Finding time for Mommy to have me time is really important. You need to be the best for your family, and being your best means every once in awhile taking a step back. It always makes you appreciate what you have when you can step back and take a look at all the amazing things in your life!