Finding time for yourself is so important! Learn from my mistakes! These 5 tips to find creative time for moms is so helpful and you can choose one to start trying today.
Before children I didn’t understand why moms were so overwhelmed.
And then I became one.
As moms, our minds run 24/7 and we’re constantly putting our tiny humans above ourselves. When you get a moment to yourself, do you find yourself just collapsing on the couch in exhaustion?
I really believe it is crucial in a mom’s life to find time for herself and to find time to BE CREATIVE. Between taking care of kids, taking care of our home, being a wife, and all the other things we juggle, where do you find time for your wants?
But, here is what I’ve learned and constantly am striving to be better at…
Being creative isn’t just a want. It’s a need. And you make needs a priority, so it’s time to start making creativity a priority.
You make time for things that need to be done. It’s time to move yourself up the priority ladder and, if it’s important to you, you’ll make the time to be creative.
Whether it’s sitting down to work on a craft project, building a new piece of furniture you’ve been dreaming up in your head, or creating a gallery wall for the bare wall in your entry, you just have to make the time.
If you don’t, what are the consequences?
I stopped making time for myself and ended up in a deep hole called postpartum depression. You can read more about my story here. I’m not saying I wouldn’t have got PPD if I would have made myself a priority, but I truly don’t think it would have gotten so bad.
Wondering how to find that time?
Here are some ideas on how to make time when you feel like there’s no time left:
Wake up earlier before kids wake up or before you have to go to work. If you need to, set an alarm for the same time each night to remind you to go to bed at a decent hour. I will be the first to admit that without my alarm, I find myself getting sucked into an episode or two too many on Netflix.
I will be the first to admit this is HARD if you have a baby that still isn’t sleeping through the night. My second didn’t start sleeping through the night until 13 months. Wofta! Sleep was precious and I wasn’t dare going to set an alarm.
Is your kid’s naptime reserved for doing chores? How about doing those chores while they’re awake, let them help, and instead take some much needed YOU time doing something fun during naptime?
This has been one of the biggest lessons for me as I’ve worked to balance my life. Don’t feel guilty taking a shower, reading a book, or painting a project during naptime. Chores will get done.
I set aside one naptime a week to do chores around the house that are more tricky to do with kids under tow but other than that, naptime is momma’s time.
Do you do your best work at night? Go to sleep later. For years I was a major night owl. I stayed up until 12 or 1 and sometimes 2 working on this blog and writing. I found I was so creative and couldn’t pull myself away.
Maybe that’s you too? That is definitely not me anymore, but sometimes I wish it was.
Put it on your calendar. If you write “me time” down, you’re much more likely to make it happen. Once it’s on the calendar, make sure and show your signifcant other so they don’t schedule something during that time.
Finding time for yourself isn’t about praying for more hours in a day, it’s about making it a priority.
Time is precious. When you do have time to work on things, are you being productive with that time?
Have you heard of Pomodoro? The idea is that you spend 25 minutes super productive, hyper-focused on one task and then after 25 minutes you take a 5 minute break and then get right back to focused attention on one task. This can either be the same task you were working on previously or switch it up and work for 25 minutes on a new task. Once you’ve done four rounds of 25 minutes with 5 minute breaks in between then you take a 20 minute break.
This routine helps you stay focused and not get sidetracked on other little things. If you are working on your computer, I suggest focusboosterapp.com for easily tracking your time with an alarm clock.
Everyone is different. What works for me or you may not work for someone else.
But, now I want to encourage you to choose one of these ideas to focus on this week. Will you wake up earlier, use your kids’ naptime for yourself, stay up late, put “me time” on your calendar, or have hyper-focused, schedule time?
One last tip for you, if you have an iPhone, go to the alarm app and look for the bedtime section. Set this to go off about 30 minutes before you want to be in bed and tell it how many hours of sleep you need. This little trick has been a lifesaver for me!
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