If you’re a full-time mom, then you probably know that it’s no exaggeration to call it full-time. It’s more than six, seven or eight hours a day. If you have even one kid who’s not at school, it takes up the whole day. Finding a balance between your kids and you is essential.
Love them as you will, if you can’t find the time for yourself, it can all boil over too easily. The average full-time mother gets around 17 minutes of uninterrupted free time a day. Here are a few ways you can make better use of them, or even get greedy and get some more.
Wake up early
You might be groaning at the prospect of this, especially if your children already dictate your bedtime. However, waking up early can give you some much needed to take time to care for yourself. Or you can take an hour before the kids wake up to get everything ready so their way out is seamless, meaning you can have a bit of a slower pace every morning.
Know how to spot your opportunities every day
Use those mornings to prepare how you’re going to use every second of that spare time, too. There are plenty of fifteen-minute break ideas that can really help you recharge and keep hold of your sanity on those utterly mad days, from something as simple as a power nap to get the foot soaker ready for a mini-pampering session. It’s all about spotting and using your moment.
Don’t delay, delegate
When in doubt, finding someone else to give you a break can make a huge difference. Your partner, your mom, your sisters, don’t be afraid to ask for help when you really need it. You can even get them or make them something in return if you feel like you don’t want to impose. The internet is making it a lot easier to find a babysitter near you, too. Nowadays, finding a reliable, self-sufficient person to fit the role in your neighborhood is really tough, but the net has proven a godsend in helping moms all over pick out the girls who take the job seriously without charging childcare prices.
Give yourself less to do
It’s a little work at the start, but it can help you do a lot less work in the future. Adding extra storage space to the home, putting together an everyday schedule, and generally getting the home more organized is going to make it so much easier to get things done.
Join the sisterhood
Motherhood is full of little crises, but there’s no point suffering through all the same knocks to the confidence and confounding conundrums that hundreds have suffered before you. The internet serves to connect you not only to babysitters but other mothers too. Great, honest reviews on products, advice, and just a shoulder to cry on are some of the benefits of getting involved with the communities on motherhood blogs, apps, and websites.
While you will do anything and everything to make sure your kids grow up safe, healthy, and happy, you do deserve some looking after too. Most of the time, you just have to rely on yourself to get it.