Moms are superheroes with powers ranging from finding lost things to detecting lies to knowing when you need a hug the most. Being a mom is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling roles, but it doesn’t come without unique challenges.
Every mom needs to take a minute to recharge to maintain physical and mental well-being. You shouldn’t feel guilty for taking care of yourself–you can’t pour from an empty cup. Here are some reasons why every mom needs to take a minute for themselves.
Breaks Improve Productivity
Parenting is relentless. Day after day, especially with young kids, you learn to roll with the punches–there is no other option. Things just keep coming, whether it’s dirty diapers or dishes piling up or piles of laundry or baby cries or all of the above, it can be overwhelming.
Cooking, cleaning, or going to the grocery store is not a break just because the kids may not be bothering you. A break is a time you make for yourself that isn’t a routine task you feel you must do.
Sitting on a park bench or in your car with a good book and a big cup of coffee is a break. It gives your mind a chance to rest and recharge your batteries.
Taking a break can allow you time to clear your mind of the clutter and breathe, even if only for a moment. Take a walk around the block to defrag and unwind to reset your energy levels.
You will likely come back refreshed with a new mindset, ready to tackle the next or even the last obstacle. Parenting takes patience you may not have if you don’t take advantage of moments for yourself.
Self-Care Is Important
Self-care seems to always fall under the category of mom guilt. Moms don’t have time to fret over their hair, makeup or that book you’ve been dying to read. How could you make the time for those things when your child needs a haircut or you haven’t mopped the floors in a month?
Keeping up with everyone’s schedules can be mentally exhausting. You can feel like you’re losing yourself in your role as a parent and significant other.
Make time for yourself to prevent burnout and restore your mental clarity. You deserve a break and you should not feel guilty for taking one. Yes, others depend on you, but they can survive a few hours without you.
Start with a few minutes and work your way up if you feel you can’t make time. You’ll slowly realize that you’re worth it and deserve to take a moment. Delegating chores, finding time to spend in nature, and doing some exercises are all excellent ways to utilize self-care.
It Enhances Relationships
Breaks can strengthen your relationship with your children and your spouse. Do you ever spend too much time with someone that you begin to take them for granted?
You can become accustomed to how much someone does for you and you begin to expect it. You are likely doing that for your kids and maybe even your spouse. They will miss you when you are gone and that’s a good thing.
You should allow them time to miss you so they will appreciate what you do for them more.
Being needed all the time is exhausting and can take a toll if you let it consume you. Take a few moments to ensure you don’t let parenting become all-consuming.
Alone time is essential to your connection with yourself and can strengthen your relationships with others. When you spend time alone, you can get to know yourself better. Breaks can deepen your perspective and bring your closer to your partner.
It Teaches Children Independence
There are many ways to foster independence in your children from crafting a chore chart to setting predictable routines for them. Taking breaks from your children can also foster independence.
It can teach them that they don’t always have to have someone around them and that they can fend for themselves.
Taking breaks and enjoying time alone can teach your children that it’s OK for them to be alone sometimes too. Kids that don’t see their parents take breaks and enjoy alone time can spend the rest of their lives constantly seeking attention and validation from others.
Show them that taking breaks is OK and spending time alone can benefit them. Nurture free play and encourage them to problem solve without your help to teach your kids how to be independent.
Every Mom Deserves a Minute
There are many reasons moms need to take a moment to nourish themselves. To be fully present for your family, you must show up for yourself. Utilize these tips and be kind to yourself–give yourself moments of grace and prioritize self-care to be the best mom you can be.