Moms Need a Time-Out Too

 

I took a picture of this sign while I was at my first ever wine tasting tour with my mom over the summer.  It is hard to imagine that this little sign could inspire this blog post, well it did just that. I am sure many moms can relate that there have been times, especially when my boys were younger that I would sneak into the bathroom for just a moments peace.  It never lasted long before one of them would find me.  It was as if they could sense where I was or had a GPS tracker on me. 

When my boys were younger, there was not a lot of time for self-care, at least that is what I told myself, but now that they are both teenagers, I realize how important as a mom to do things for ourselves.  It wasn’t until recently that I had to get over the fact that self-care doesn’t mean I am selfish, it means that I need to take care of myself so I could show up as the best version of myself for my boys.  Self-care doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to take a trip to the day spa, it can be a nice bubble bath, five minutes in the bathroom alone, or simply spending ten minutes a day reading a book.  It’s the ways in which we take time to recharge. 

 As a stay at home mom, I know there were days when the boys were younger that I went for hours without a break. Laundry needed to be done kids needed to be fed, the house needed cleaning, and the list went on. So, when I won a wine tasting trip this past summer, I jumped at the chance to spend the day with my mom.  Do not get me wrong, I love spending time with my boys, but this trip came at just the perfect time.  I can tell you that it gave me a sense of renewal and allowed for my boys to see that mom does deserve a little time to herself.  

In an article written in Psychology Today (2018), Tchiki Davis, PhD, shared these 12 tips to help you take care of yourself.

1. Make sleep a part of your self-care routine
2. Take care of yourself by taking care of your gut
3. Exercise Daily
4. Eat Right
5. Say No to others and Yes to your self-care
6. Take a self-care trip
7. Take a self-care break by getting outside
8. Let a pet help you with self-care
9. Take care of yourself by organizing your home, office, garage or whatever makes you happy.
10. Cook at home for yourself
11. Read a book
12. Schedule your self-care time and guard that time with everything you have.

For more in depth look at these 12 tips, you can view the article at: https://www.psychologytoday.com/…/self-care-12-ways-take-be…

Reference:
Davis, T. P. (2018, December 28). Self-Care: 12 Ways to Take Better Care of Yourself. Retrieved from Psychology Today.com website: https://www.psychologytoday.com/…/self-care-12-ways-take-be…

Don’t be like me who waited until my boys were teenagers before I learned the importance of having a little time to myself and not feeling guilty about it. It’s okay, moms sometimes need a timeout too!

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