Summer should be full of carefree, relaxed moments for the entire family, including mom and dad. Here are 6 ways to find a little “me time” each day, even when the kids are home on vacation.
After the long, hectic, and very scheduled months of the school year, many of us simply can’t wait until the warm, balmy months of summer arrive. During this time, most of us get (or so we hope) some respite from our work commitments and activities, but with the kids home for summer, busy parents don’t necessarily get to take time off from the daily grind of raising a family.
Sherrie Bourg Carter Psy.D. explains that taking time for yourself gives your brain a chance to reboot, improves concentration, increases productivity, helps you discover (or rediscover) your own voice, gives you a chance to think deeply, and helps you problem solve more effectively. “It also gives you a better sense of balance and self-awareness, which can lead to a better understanding of yourself - what drives you, what inspires you, what excites you," she explains. "This, in turn, can have a positive effect not only on the quality of your relationship with yourself, but also on the quality of your relationships with others.”
Summer should evoke a more carefree and relaxed time for the entire family, including mom and dad, so here are Mighty Mommy's 6 Ways to find a little “me time” each day, even when the kids are home on vacation.
Tip #1: Commit to 15-20 Minutes of "Me" Time Daily
It took me several years and about 4 kids to realize that I deserved to have some time to myself every day. I had great intentions each morning of sneaking off for a quick, quiet read when the kids were napping, or unwinding in a hot bubble bath after my husband got home from work. But, usually, I ended up convincing myself that I needed to do one more load of laundry or tidy up the kid’s toy room instead.
One day, I finally made a pact with myself that I was going to take a 20-minute break each day. And if I didn't, I made every effort to go to bed 15 minutes earlier than I usually did, just so I could clear my mind and be completely alone with my own thoughts.
Tip #2: Create a Daily Ritual
Because I have 8 kids, I'm exceptionally routine-based in my day-to-day life. And it's constantly a work in progress. It's important to recognize that as my kids gets get older and the seasons change, our routines need to be modified. So flexibility is key.