As parents, we are pushed to our limits daily. The kids always have to be entertained, kept safe, and fed. All the while, they are making messes, whining about God knows what this time as they’re throwing food on the floor.
Sometimes we need a mental health day (or hour). It’s okay, It’s allowed. Weekends are great for that. But sometimes, we really, really need a mid-week break. A bit of time to do something just for yourself.
Enter nap time.
Nap time is generally the time we get stuff done. At least I do. I run around the house like a crazy person trying to get as much done as I can during the unknown amount of time the kids will nap. I exercise in there if possible, but the last few weeks, my youngest has been waking up right as I finish. Do you ever go to the gym and then carry on with your day? Without a shower? Last week, I had to wait several hours for my shower three days in a row. So.Gross.
As for housework, there is always something to do. Even if you’ve already put toys away, dinner is cooking, and laundry is done, you could still shampoo the carpet (or wax the wood floor if you like). The point is, there is ALWAYS something to do.
Yesterday, there was plenty on my to-do list, but I just felt so worn down. I know it was only Tuesday, but for some reason, I was extra tired. So I decided to take some “me time” while the kids napped.Instead of cleaning, doing laundry, or even blogging, I took a bubble bath (with the kids’ bubbles-you know you’ve done it too!). Then, with the time remaining, I took a nap. And you know what? I deserved it. And I felt incredible afterwards! I was able to take a moment for myself and give my head a reboot and now I’m ready to tackle the rest of the week.
So, go ahead! Do something for you the next time you get a chance!
Once the kids are awake and you have some things that need to get done, throw a cup or two of oatmeal on the kitchen floor and let the kids have at it! It’s just a quick sweep up and you’re done-and the kids love it!
She wasn’t gathering the oatmeal to be tidy, she was gathering it so she could dump it on her brother’s head. #siblinglove
Also, don’t forget to ditch the mom guilt. It’s not real “me time” unless you’re truly only thinking about yourself.
When was the last time you took some time for yourself?