Do You Need a Mommy Time-out?
The typical day in the life of a mom can be overwhelming and exhausting. Some days you just feel like it’s all too much. So many things to do … maybe you feel like you just need a mommy time-out.
If we are truthful, we (moms) all feel overwhelmed by many the activities and responsibilities we have each day. When the days get long, you probably have feelings of frustration that you never have time to do any of the things you love and enjoy because you place your family and their needs first.
You don’t have to live every day feeling stressed and overworked. It’s okay for moms to take a rest and enjoy a little self-care, too. From one busy mom to another busy mom, I’m giving you permission to give yourself a little break every day.
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Why Moms Need Rest
You may be thinking I cannot take time for rest every day, my schedule is too busy. Or the classic mom excuse, it would be selfish of me to take time for myself every day.
Before you dismiss your need for self-care and rest, recognize that an overstressed and tired mom will not accomplish as much as rested mom. Consider these benefits of self-care for moms:
- Stress reduction. With even a short period of rest, you will feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle more throughout your day.
- You will relieve anxiety. We pack so much into our day (just look at your calendar and all the tasks you are planning to complete). A few minutes of rest each day will help you feel less anxious.
- You will have more patience. Being a mom means children with constant needs. Sometimes even the simplest request like for a glass of water or milk will just be too much. Take time for you and you will see your patience increase.
Don’t use excuses to miss the benefits of self-care which include stress reduction, less anxiety and more patience.
How Moms Can Rest
Hopefully, I have convinced you that you need time for rest and self-care. But, I understand your schedule is already so full, how will you find the time?
First, commit to blocking time in your calendar every day with 15-30 minutes for just you. Self-care and rest doesn’t have to be a long time, it just needs to be a time where you can do something you enjoy or love and gives you rest and allows you to rejuvenate.
Your time might be early in the morning before your family is awake, or maybe it will be in the evening when your family has gone to bed. Or maybe you need a mid-day rest. Choose the time of day for your rest that will help you feel your best.
Second, once you have selected your time, protect it. Just like taking your children to school or going to work at a set time is required, require yourself to have your rest and self-care every day. Don’t give “your” time away and don’t let others take “your” time away.
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What Moms Can Do for Rest
I am so glad you have committed to giving yourself rest and you have set a specific time every day for your rest. You ask, what will you do for self-care and rest? The simple answer is something you enjoy.
What are your favorite things to do you when you have quiet time and rest of 15-30 minutes? Here’s a few ideas to get you started:
- Read your favorite book
- Take a relaxing bubble bath
- Enjoy your coffee early in the morning without being rushed before your day starts
- Write in your journal/write a gratitude journal
- Lay down on your bed for an actual rest (take a short nap or just be quiet)
- Sit on your porch or somewhere quiet with no talking
- Spend time in prayer or reading your Bible
- Take a short walk
- Enjoy a sunrise or sunset
You can try different activities you enjoy on different days during your rest time.
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You don’t have to feel tired and overwhelmed anymore. Recognize and decide why you need rest, plan and set aside time for rest and self-care to give you an extra boost each day, and choose your favorite rest-activity and spend time resting and relaxing each day and you should reduce your stress and anxiety.
Introducing Mama’s Best Self
If you are ready to stop settling for a life of overwhelm, I recommend the Mama’s Best Self, a course where you can learn how to be a happier mom by ending the negativity in your life, focus on taking care of yourself and overcoming the overwhelm of everyday mom life.
Mama’s Best Self is a course for moms that are struggling, but want to be thriving; for moms that are overwhelmed, but want to be happy and fulfilled. In the course, you get the following:
- 12 Self-paced lessons
- Learn how to end negativity in your life
- Focus on the importance of self-care for moms
- A gratitude journal
- Strategies to overcome the overwhelm in your life
Mama’s Best Self will show you how to reduce your daily stress and struggles and be a thriving happy mom. What are you waiting for?