Finding time for yourself as a mom is not easy! As a single mom of two, I often find myself juggling a never-ending to-do list that seems to grow longer by the day, inadvertently placing myself last on the list of priorities. However, through my journey in motherhood, I’ve come to understand the importance of carving out personal time for my well-being. Recognizing that I am more than just a mom and neglecting my own needs can ultimately hinder my ability to be the best version of myself for my kids. A few years ago, I shared a vulnerable blog post delving into the burnout I experienced as a mom. If you’re curious, you can find it here.
For most of us moms, the struggle lies in feeling like there’s simply never enough time for ourselves. I empathize with this feeling, yet I assure you, there is time available—it’s just a matter of making small adjustments to find it. Here are five strategies I’ve implemented that not only save me time and energy but also afford me the chance to care for myself, preventing burnout.
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1. Delegate Tasks
Encouraging family members, especially older children, to assist with household chores can significantly alleviates your workload and create opportunities for personal time. In my household, my 14-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son have specific responsibilities. My daughter handles unloading the dishwasher, her laundry, and walking the dog. While my son sets the table, feeds the dog, and puts away his clothes after I fold them. This not only lightens my load but also fosters their independence and teaches them the value of contributing to the household.
2. Meal Prepping
Meal prepping has been a game-changer in reclaiming time! Though I’m not always consistent, when I do engage in it, my life becomes much easier. One habit I’ve maintained is creating a weekly dinner menu in advance, streamlining my grocery shopping and eliminating the nightly guessing game of what to cook. Although it can seem overwhelming at first, trust me, once you get into the rhythm, it’s going to work for you!
3. Online Grocery Shopping
Ordering groceries online will be your secret hack to getting your workout in or treating yourself to a pedicure. Seriously, grocery runs can eat up a good 1-2 hours, and not having to do them can give you some “me time” back. I don’t always opt for online shopping because, oddly enough, strolling the aisles (kid free) is a form of self-care for me. But every month or so, I take advantage of online grocery shopping and do something for me instead. I usually will schedule it for pickup or delivery through apps like Instacart or directly through the grocery store websites. If you decide to give Instacart a try feel free to use my code AFLOYD10E9D to snag $10 off your first order!
4. Get Support
As moms, there’s this unspoken pressure to handle everything and asking for assistance almost feels like admitting defeat. But honestly, this mindset is brutal for our mental health. My advice? Embrace help whenever it’s available. Whether it’s leaning on grandparents, your partner, friends, or trusted individuals in your circle, reaching out for support is crucial. And if your circle isn’t close by, consider hiring a babysitter. Care.com is a fantastic resource for finding reliable caretakers. I connected with a wonderful family through the site and babysat them for over two years. hey vet all their babysitters with background checks, ensuring safety and reliability. The Care.com reviews are great.
5. Learning To Say No
Saying “no” has been a personal challenge—it’s tough! There’s this internal pressure to take on more, even when I’m already swamped. For instance, recently, I volunteered to be both the team mom for my son’s basketball team and the classroom mom at his school—cue the face-palm moment! In hindsight, I should have just volunteered for one. But sometimes, in striving to be the ultimate supermom, I end up overcommitting. I do realize the importance of setting boundaries though and am actively working on this mindset shift. Saying no isn’t selfish; it’s necessary for my self-care.
What’s one small adjustment you can make today to prioritize your well-being? Share in the comments below. Remember, it’s not about discovering new time but making incremental changes that gradually create more time for yourself.
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