If you’re a mom, chances are you’ve struggled with carving out some “me time” for yourself during your day. I mean, with motherhood, there’s always something that can be done — another load of laundry folded, another toy picked up, another meal planned or prepped, another diaper changed.
Motherhood is a never-ending, relentless job. But the fact that it never ends is exactly why moms, more than anyone, need to make “me” time a priority. Here are a few compelling reasons why you need to take some me time for yourself today. I know, I’m really twisting your arm here, right?
Because It Makes Us Better Parents
The truth is, we can’t be the best parent to our children if we aren’t being the best version of ourselves first. I won’t go all “oxygen mask” on you, because that’s one analogy that I am sick and tired of hearing, but I will say this — the older I get as a parent and the older my children get, the more I am seeing how important it is to be mentally and emotionally healthy for our families.
The truth is, there is a lot I could get away with when my kids were younger. Toddlers don’t care how tired you are, you know? But my nine-year-old? Well, she notices when mom is grumpy and tired and not able to be fully present with her because she’s so preoccupied with her own stuff. Getting in my “me” time, which is important for refueling and recharging my personal batteries, helps me in turn be a better mom to her, too.
Because We Are Examples for Our Children
Our children learn from us and more specifically, they learn from what we do, not what we say. If they see us as a sighing, exhausted, always worki
ng mom, what are they learning about motherhood? That it’s awful and horrible and they probably will run far, far away from it?
Um, I hope not. Instead of trudging through our days of motherhood, let us let our kids see us make some time for fun in our days. Plopping down on the couch on a rainy afternoon with a good book and letting the dishes wait is not only for us, but it’s also an important lesson to our children to embrace the spontaneous moments that make life worth living.
Because It Reminds Us of Who We Are
Do you remember when you were a kid and you would get so excited about something? I can remember being so pumped over the smallest things, like my new Lisa Frank folder or a fresh journal to write in or an entire afternoon to swim outside.
Now contrast that to your life as an adult — when is the last time you felt that same spark of excitement? When’s the last time yo did something solely for the pleasure of it? Honestly, taking time to not only give ourselves permission to indulge in some me time, but taking time to remember what sort of activities bring us that excitement help connect us to the person we are outside of parenthood. While motherhood is always part of our identity, getting in touch with the aspects that fuel us and fill us with passion are important too. Because someday, mama, those kids will be grown and you’ll have to remember what you love, too.
What’s your favorite way to enjoy some ME time?