How to make time for yourself as a mom. I know it seems impossible to some but I promise that you can and it is needed. If you have been following my happiness challenge (day 1 and day 2), then you already know that I haven’t actually asked you to take more than 5 minutes for yourself. See, I believe before someone jumps in to taking an hour a day for something like working out, you need to really understand that YOU deserve this time and it is essential. To begin this process, it often starts with the thinking. Changing your thinking about both that there is time and that you are worthy to have time for yourself needs to happen. If you do not believe that there is time for even 5 minutes, then please do happiness challenge day 4. A few minutes here and there can really add up. Happiness challenge 4 is to take real notice of all your time. Be mindful and think about what you do all day and really notice where you “waste” time. The best example of this is phone use. If you go on your phone a lot or not, I am not judging I promise and I am right there with you, but that is an example of time that could be used doing something else. Even going on for a few minutes, that time could be used for something that will help your stress instead of just “checking out” (as I refer to it, you know when you just scroll and scroll) on social media. Even with just a few minutes while the kids are watching a show or playing nicely, you could use that time for something else such as reading a page or 2 in your book, stretching or doing a deep breathing exercise. Self-care is about finding things that are going to help you de-stress or become more centered.
Happiness Challenge for day 5 is do make sure you do something for yourself even if just 5 minutes. You can do it. If you haven’t found the time yet, just don’t do something else. Skip the dishes, late night pick up or give up the tv for a bit. Anything that can get you that 5 minutes. I want to hear how you are doing so make sure you stop by on social media and use #mommyselfcare.
Are you new to the happiness challenge? You can read more about it here and here.
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