Good morning y’all! We are on week 4 of self-isolation, I think. And I know for those with children, it’s getting harder and harder to get any alone time. Believe me, I understand. I’m here to tell you that you NEED a little “me time”. If only for a few minutes, you need it. Otherwise, the kids may drive you crazy. The question is, when do you get that time? How do you find that time? What do you do with that time? Well, I am here to give you a little help with the answers to those questions! Keep on reading!
Schedule Me Time Everyday
I know this is like “duh”; But to be honest, I don’t think parents even make it a point to set aside that time for themselves. We just feel like we don’t have it. Believe me, you have the time. Whether it’s 30 minutes, an hour, or 3 hours, there are pockets of time during the day that you can claim completely for yourself. You just have to find it.
Nap Time Is Always A Good Idea
The obvious time for most parents, especially if you have smaller kids, is nap time. Have a scheduled time everyday for your kid(s) to take a nap. Heck, even if they aren’t taking naps, let them have some time to just sit, relax, and read for about 30 minutes. They need quiet time too.
Stay Up Late Or Get Up Early
If you absolutely cannot find any time during the day for some alone time, try getting up an hour earlier than the rest of the house. Or stay up a little later than the rest of the house. As for myself, I use the time after Elijah falls asleep at night as my “me time”. Elijah has a semi-strict bedtime of 8 o’clock EVERY night. It doesn’t matter if it’s a weekday or the weekend, we usually stick to that same bedtime. Once Elijah is knocked-out, I get up and do my own thing.
Utilize Your Resources
I am super lucky that my mom has been home with Elijah and I since the Covid-19 Stay-At-Home order has been in place. She takes up a lot of time with him during the day while I work, and takes him out for walks throughout the day. When she takes him out for those walks (which are usually about 45 minutes), I use that time as my “me time”. I may take a nice hot bath, watch a quick YouTube video, listen to some music, etc. Of course, if you have a spouse at home with you, don’t be afraid to ask them for help as well.
Have A Plan for Your “Me Time”
You should definitely have an idea of what you would like to do during your time. It doesn’t have to be anything active. But, this helps you to make the most of the time. Some ideas of what to do during your “me time” are meditate, read, listen to music, watch a tv show, drink a glass of wine, paint your toenails, go walking or do absolutely nothing. It’s all up to you. Just make sure that you are doing something that brings you a little joy and makes you feel refreshed when you’re done.
That’s it!!! I also suggest that you make the most of the time you’re able to spend with your loved ones while in self-isolation. This is the most time that you’ll get to spend with them before life goes back to normal (whenever that is). Thank you so much for reading this post!
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