We’ve all heard it before. Being a Mom is a full-time job. Personally I find it very hard to shift the focus back on myself and not the full-on Mom version of myself. Does that make sense? If not I’ll blame it on my fuzzy Mom brain and 2 a.m. feedings with a certain little nugget of cuteness. What I’m trying to get at is that it is so so so important to have that “me” time. And we definitely don’t get enough of it, mostly because there just aren’t enough hours in the day. So hubby and I have decided to try and commit to giving one another that much-needed time to do whatever the heck it is that we want, more often. We have three rules. 1. Forget all chores! So if I decide to out for a couple of hours by myself and I happen to be driving by the grocery store, I’m not allowed to go in. Or if the kids are asleep and there’s a pile of laundry to be folded sometimes we just need to ignore it. 2. Be Screen Free. I think this is the most important rule. Me time cannot involve scrolling through Instagram or Facebook or our phones. Period. No explanation needed. 3. Stay on Budget. We recently started a cash envelope system (more on this to come!) and as amazing as it would be to run and get a massage once a week, we need to be realistic here. This also helps us to focus on the little things we enjoy that we used to be able to do (pre-kids) whenever we wanted. For example, read a book or go for a run!
So far, it’s been amazing. Even if it’s just an hour here or there, being able to focus on ourselves for just a little bit helps keep our family life healthier. As much as I love my Mom-self, it’s nice to focus on my whole-self instead. Dads, I’m talking to you too!