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Since having children, I have come realize the importance of me time. Who else feels like they are around people ALL THE TIME? Like every second of every day. I am naturally an introvert and I honestly just get peopled out. I feel like I am always on the phone managing my daughter’s medical needs or traveling to an appointment.
Not to mention I work full-time so I obviously see and talk to people at work. Sometimes I feel like I am going to go crazy if I don’t get some alone time. Heck, sometimes I would settle for alone time to clean or just do errands by myself.
I need me time to recharge.
Sometimes, as moms, we feel guilty for wanting or needing me time. Why?
Is it because we feel like we have to be superwoman? Are we worried other people might judge us? Are we worried our children might miss us and think we are neglecting them?
We are so hard on ourselves.
Right after my daughter was born, I felt so guilty if I wasn’t around her 24/7. I felt like she was going to do something for the first time and I wouldn’t get to see it. Or she would get sick and want Mama. Or her shunt would fail. Or she would get a UTI. I worried all of the time. The list goes on and on and on.
Well, I have come to find out that I NEED me time. I need to recharge. I get burned out.
How can me time help?
What is the importance of me time?
Makes You a Better Mom
Me time makes me a better mom. I get so burned out sometimes. At first, if I wasn’t at work, my daughter was with me. I wouldn’t let anyone babysit her. And don’t even ask if she can spend the night even at a grandparent’s house. NOPE. NOT happening. Don’t even bother asking. She didn’t spend the night away from me until she was close to a year old.
Over time, I have come to realize the importance of me time. It makes me a better mom. When I get burned out, I know I need me time. Making me time a priority helps me recharge and refill my tank.
Would you rather be around your children 24/7 and be stressed out and tired, or would you rather take time to yourself and then be able to concentrate on your children better and be more present and focused?
I Am an Individual
I kinda lost myself in being a wife and mom. I was so busy and just going through the motions. Get up, get children ready, drop kids off, go to work, come home, therapy, dinner, bath-time, bedtime, and repeat.
This year, I have started to focus more on myself and me time. I can really tell the difference since I have started making me time a priority. I have just hung around the house by myself, gotten a pedicure and manicure, and I went shopping.
I have come to love me time. It makes me feel so refreshed.
Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
Have you ever heard the saying absence makes the heart grow fonder? Well, it’s true. When I experience burnout, I know I have to schedule in some me time.
Well just like clockwork, right after I leave my children, I miss them and wish they were with me.
When I see them again, I feel like I just want to hold them and love on them and not let them go. It makes me realize even though I get burned out sometimes I really love them and love being their mom.
In the beginning of motherhood, I thought it was going to be impossible to let my child out of my sight. With all of the surgeries and scares with my daughter, I got so nervous and almost shell-shocked it was hard for me to let her go. I didn’t want someone to miss a symptom of her hydrocephalus and me not be around to catch it. Over time, I learned to relax and let go and let God.
I HAVE to have me time in order to make me a better mom and in order to keep my sanity. I need it for my mental health and sanity. I now know the importance of me time.