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5 Tips for Making Time for Yourself

Making time for ourselves can be such a challenge. I'm sure many of us have felt like we no longer have hobbies or passions anymore since motherhood started consuming us. Making time for ourselves is important. We have to do it. Here are 5 tips to help YOU find time in your day to make time for yourself.

Making time for yourself as a wife, mother and homemaker can be quite the challenge. We often feel guilty for wanting to take time for ourselves or we have grown so accustomed to not prioritizing me time that we don’t even realize how beneficial it could be in our lives. Making time for yourself does not need to be over the top,expensive or even out of the house all the time. If we are strategic with our time and brainstorm some ideas I am sure that you can find simple ways to make yourself a priority again.

We need to make time for ourselves. Constantly giving ourselves and our time to our family drains us. We will eventually become dried up. Lacking peace, joy and happiness in our calling. But I know that sometimes it can be a challenge to actually making it happen. Some of us are strapped for cash, some of us have husbands who work long hours or travel for business, some us may have teenagers involve din many extracurricular activities that don’t allow us to take time away often and some of us simply need to be reminded of what it feels like to have a hobby outside of our children. If you fall into any of those categories then I hope some of these tips will help you! Because you are important!

5 Tips for Making Time for Yourself

1. Let go of the guilt

We have to make time for ourselves if we don’t want to burn out and lose our joy of serving those in our lives. Motherhood does not mean that you need to sacrifice your passions and who you are.

2. Schedule it

It’s not going to happen if you don’t make it happen. If we are constantly busy taking care of everyone else and making time for the laundry and grocery shopping then we should also be sure to schedule and make time for ourselves. It should be just as important as spending time in the Word, dating our spouse and spending time with our children.

You are important too, Mama!

3. Utilize nap time

This one was hard for me to learn. It’s super easy to want to catch up on household tasks when the kids are down but you can’t do this! You need to rest and fill up your soul so you can serve joyfully when those little ones wake up. The dishes can wait, the laundry can sit unfolded, the weeding can be done when they’re playing outside.

Sit and read a good book, color, sew, find a new hobby. Be creative or soak in the few minutes of quiet. You need it and your family would much rather have a happy mama than a spotless house.

Making time for ourselves can be such a challenge. I'm sure many of us have felt like we no longer have hobbies or passions anymore since motherhood started consuming us. Making time for ourselves is important. We have to do it. Here are 5 tips to help YOU find time in your day to make time for yourself.

4. Use your time wisely

Find pockets of time in your day that aren’t being used well or where you can multitask two things. You can do one task that doesn’t require brain power while doing something you enjoy that does use some brain power. Like while your kids are bathing you can sit on the bathroom floor and crochet, thumb through a magazine, or color. Get creative with your time! You don’t have to leave the house to do something that you enjoy!

5. Hire a babysitter/leave them with dad

If you can, you can hire a babysitter to come in once a week so that you can leave the house for some alone time. If this isn’t an option, go out in the evening and leave the kids with your husband. Getting out of the house (alone!!) can be so refreshing and refueling! You don’t even need to spend money, you can find a park to sit at and read, go to Barnes and Nobles and skim a book in their comfy chairs, walk the mall or walk around your neighborhood. There are options!

 

Finding time for yourself can be a challenge depending on the season you’re in. But with some intention and creativity, you can make it happen. You first need to see why it is so important for us as moms and then kick that guilt to the curb. I hope I sparked some passion in you to think outside the box to fill your soul, to have a hobby and to take time to rest and refuel. A happy mama makes for a happy home.

You are important. Don’t forget about yourself. Your family will thank you and  you’ll feel better too!

 

Your turn! How are you going to make time for yourself? What tip are you going to start implementing into your life? What would you add? Let’s talk in the comments below!

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Betsy de Cruz
    June 8, 2016 at 10:21 am

    This is great encouragement for moms, Ana! Thanks. My kids are teens now, but I still find this difficult. I like your suggestion #4.

    • Reply
      Anastasia Safee
      June 12, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      I have heard that life is just as busy when they are teenagers as it is when they are toddlers! Just a different kind of busy!

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    Pat
    June 9, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Great post, Ana! #4 also hit home, but in terms of social media use. It’s so easy to get sucked into the black hole of checking FB, our email, the latest Tweet, etc. on our phones or laptops, that we fritter away vast swaths of time… I know it’s especially hard for bloggers, because we are often researching posts and communicating with each other, but still. It’s so important to set SOME sort of schedule and then work hard to stick to it – while avoiding distractions. I know, I know, this is so much harder than it sounds!!

    Thanks for sharing this at Coffee and Conversation! 🙂

    Have an awesome week!

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      Anastasia Safee
      June 12, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      Oh yes, I agree. Blogging can be a catch 22 with the internet use. I try to stick to some schedule too. I hate when those things I forgot to do pop into my head and then before I know it 30 minutes has passed.
      Thanks for hosting each week! It’s a blessing!

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    alisa
    June 9, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    This is so important, Ana! As a mom of 5 kids, I need time to myself. Usually I begin to notice this need when I begin getting testy with my kids. I love the idea of scheduling it. It’s amazing how we schedule time for all kinds of things, but forget about ourselves! Thanks for sharing this today. Linking up with you at Thought Provoking Thursday.

    • Reply
      Anastasia Safee
      June 12, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      Yes, we definitely need to schedule and make it happen. Otherwise it doesn’t happen, sadly.

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