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My hubby left the house with the kids and I was stunned. I had two-and-a-half hours to myself and I had no idea what I wanted to do with my time! It took a lot of deliberation before I decided on a shower, popcorn, wine, and a chick flick.

After having this opportunity to refresh and recharge, I realized how critical self-care is to my well-being! Not only did I feel great, but the next day I was happy and more patient with my children.

The thing that gets me is how do I make time for myself… especially since I often feel like I have no time?!

I decided to mull this over and pour my thoughts onto paper. I want to have a treasure trove of ideas to reset and recharge my mommy batteries.

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How to make time to recharge.

  • wake up early
  • stay up a bit later
  • lock yourself in the bathroom for a few minutes
  • book a babysitter
  • ask a friend to watch the kids for an hour (offer to do the same for her)
  • ask your spouse to watch the kids
  • let the kids watch a half-hour educational video

How to recharge.

This is the fun part! Self-care is vital but as I shared before, when given the opportunity, I didn’t know what to do with my unexpected alone-time. I decided that the best way to combat this, was to have a list of ideas that I could reference when I have time for myself!

I divided my list into time segments of 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, and 1+ hours! Every minute counts right?

Here are some activities to recharge your mama batteries.

5 minutes

  • deep breaths
  • pray
  • meditate on scripture
  • a few simple stretches (I like downward dog into child’s pose)
  • step outside and sit in silence – deeply breathe in the fresh air
  • pop in your headphones and listen to a favourite song
  • get dressed / put on some makeup
  • doodle
  • light a candle and watch it flicker

15 minutes

  • set a timer and take a power nap
  • read
  • go for a brisk walk
  • take a quick shower
  • paint your toenails
  • peruse a magazine
  • make and sip a cup of tea
  • daydream
  • color a picture
  • work on a crossword puzzle, word search, sudoku, etc.
  • write in a journal
  • look through a childhood photo album

30 minutes

  • exercise
  • go for a leisurely stroll
  • watch a half hour show
  • take a hot bath (make an event of it and light some candles too)
  • knit, crochet, or sew
  • write a letter to a friend

1 hour (or more)

  • watch a short documentary or a movie
  • hang out in a coffee shop with your favourite book
  • browse through your community library
  • attend a Bible study or a church service
  • get your hair done
  • go to an art gallery
  • visit the museum
  • treat yourself to some ice cream
  • go for a swim
  • meet a friend at a restaurant

Don’t forget this.

The most important factor to make time for yourself is to make self-care a priority! Moms are often burdened by doubts and guilt. We think we have to be “on” 24/7 – but no one functions like this.

Here’s how to make caring for yourself a priority.

Plan it. Decide what you want to do, when you’re going to do it, and make all the necessary arrangements. Write this time on your calendar and schedule it into your phone!

Don’t waste it. You have this time for you! Don’t clean the house because you feel like that’s what you should do (unless you love cleaning – then go for it)! Avoid frittering away your time on social media or attend an activity that will be an emotional drain. Be intentional with your time and do what will make you feel best with the precious time you have.

Savor this time. Enjoy your self-care time. Keep your mind in the moment and make the most of this occasion!

Make space. If you still feel like you can’t make any time for yourself, then maybe it’s time to shave some activities off of your schedule. Make the time to take care of you. You’re worth it!

It’s your turn!

So now it’s your turn. What do you do to rest and rejuvenate yourself? Do you regularly make time for yourself? How do you nurture the weary mama within you?

P.S. This post was inspired after I did my first-ever Facebook Live video. If you haven’t seen the video, you can check it out on my Facebook page

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Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, and Deliberate Homeschooling. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.




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