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Any parent knows how hard it can be to find time for themselves. Before I became a parent, people said “Don’t lose yourself.”
I quickly replied, “Of course not. How hard could that be?”
The reality is it’s very easy to lose yourself when you feel like you are losing your mind trying to keep everyone happy and healthy. Being a mom is a wonderful and rewarding experience; however, moms are guilty of putting their own needs and desires on the back burner in order to keep the household afloat and their kids happy. Time flies and before you know it, you can’t remember the last time you simply did something that you enjoyed.
I’ve been awarded the No-Nonsense Mom Award
As a new mom, I remembered looking in the mirror and didn’t recognize the person who was looking back.
When was the last time I spent a moment by myself?
When did I last have a meaningful conversation with my husband?
What happened to my hobbies?
I was simply in the throws of survival. I was thrilled to be a mom, but missed the simple things that I selfishly enjoyed. What I learned in those days changed the way I parented. I realized that in order for me to be the best mom and wife I can be, I need some time here and there to remember and enjoy “ME” time AKA a “mommy timeout”.
Don’t Lose Yourself in motherhood with these simple tips
Put yourself on the to-do list
Sounds silly, but writing down tasks always motivates me to actually accomplish them. Don’t feel selfish penciling in time for you. Whether that is simple tasks like going to the coffee shop, walking around a store by yourself, or taking a longer shower. Before I was pregnant, I loved to schedule time to go to the gym. It’s a double bonus because my daughter loves to play in the childcare center.
Ditch the Mom Guilt
Mom guilt is a struggle. Don’t let it overcome you. It can cause you to freeze or do the same habits over and over. Then, before you know it, more time has passed and you find yourself lost even more. If you feel the guilt coming, brush it off and move on.
Remember your spouse
My spouse was my first love. Not only was it easy to lose myself as a parent, I found myself lost in our marriage. We recently took a staycation together sans kids. Once we arrived we realized how bad we really needed to make the time. We later returned home more refreshed and happier to see our kids.
Simplify to make more time
The more obligations I commit to, the less time I have for everyone including myself. Learn to say “no” to clutter, events, and activities that are taking up your time and draining you. You will be amazed by the extra time you find.
Give yourself grace
Parenting isn’t perfect. Some days we fail, others we concur. I don’t get “ME” time every day like I did pre-kids and that is okay. Let’s give ourselves as parents some grace to not be perfect. Start the next day without regret.
Remember, don’t lose yourself in the madness of motherhood. You deserve that coffee, quiet time, girls night out, or extended shower. No judging here!
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