I was irritable, I was tired (exhausted is more like it) and as a result my temper was quite short.
I ate salted caramel frozen yogurt with lots of fresh fruit for lunch. And I bought a really cute new Chevron skirt to wear to SNAP.
It was a good day. A really good day. It felt indulgent and wonderful, and it just made me happy. I was recharged and felt like I was ready to take on the world. I felt like I wasn’t “just a mom” but a woman, too.
It is so important for us as moms, to make sure we take care of ourselves. You know that saying:
So I encourage you…No, I CHALLENGE YOU – today, tomorrow or the next day, but just sometime soon – to give yourself a time out. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Hand your kids off to your spouse, the nearest relative, or a friend who “gets it,” and take some time to just enjoy something indulgent.
I’ve put together a list of my favorite things to do when I get a Mommy Break, that won’t break the bank:
- Get a pedicure or manicure
- Get a haircut/color
- Go for a walk
- Window shop at the mall
- Try out a new shade of lipstick or eye shadow
- Have lunch, dinner or even some frozen yogurt with a friend
- Go to a local sandwich shop or Starbucks, and eat lunch quietly by yourself
- Go to the library or local bookstore
- Plan a mom’s night out with friends
- Pick out a new pair or shoes
Or if you’re home alone, watch a chick flick with a big bowl of ice cream or a glass of wine, take a long hot bubble bath complete with candles, or (gasp) take a nap!
However ~ Do not clean house, grocery shop, or make a “quick trip” to Target. There is no such thing as a quick trip to Target. This time, it’s all about YOU.
Most importantly, don’t feel guilty – we all need some time to refresh and recharge, and reconnect with the person – the woman – we really want to be. The woman who’s hiding inside that flustered, exhausted, irritable mom.
I’m no expert, but if there’s anything I’ve learned as a parent – when Mama’s happy, everybody’s happy!
Do you take regular Mommy Breaks? What do you like to do when you get time to yourself?