Real quick – 3 years ago today I was celebrating my first Mother’s Day AND my birthday.
Ok, now for today’s topic and giveaway!
Is ‘Me Time’ in your monthly, weekly or daily schedule? Do you get out and enjoy activities alone or with friends WITHOUT your tykes? Do you know what ‘me time’ is?
Before J-man came along I used to hike, run and bike alone. It was easy to head out on my own and take advantage of being by myself, clearing my head and doing what I loved. It didn’t occur to me that I would have to schedule or ‘fit in’ time by myself once I was a Mom.
I have found since becoming a Mom that ‘me time’ is crucial to everyones happiness. And the saying goes…’If Mom isn’t happy, no ones happy’, right?
We, as Moms, need a mental break, time alone to enjoy what we love, space to ourselves and a little bit of selfishness, but sometimes it’s hard to do.
The first 18 months of being a Mom I took very little ‘me time’ and I was craving it. Friends and family encouraged me to leave J-man with a sitter but as a control freak and being that new neurotic mom I just couldn’t do it. I would run with J-man in the stroller, hike with him in the backpack and put him in the bike trailer for a spin around town. I knew that I NEEDED some alone time but never made it a priority.
Then my girlfriend invited me to do a race 2.5hrs away from home. It would be my first race away, ALONE, since motherhood and I would be running with my best running buddy. I signed up, booked the hotel room and almost cancelled at the last minute. Every ounce of me was being tested. I so badly wanted to cancel but I so badly wanted to do the race. It was a Halloween race and people were dressing up. I thought it would be a lot of fun. In the end, I did it. I was gone less than 24hrs and that was the beginning of prioritizing some ‘me time’. I came home recharged, gratified that I had accomplished the race and proud that I had conquered the urge to quit, stay home and continue the cycle of not giving myself some alone time.
Now, I go for runs alone, sign up for races without hesitation, get a sitter to go biking, get coffee with friends and I even left J-Man for 3 days to run Ragnar Napa Valley and I had a blast! I’m a much better Mama when I get that ‘me time’.
I feel that if Moms take care of themselves and are healthy mentally, emotionally and physically they will be able to better nurture and provide for their families.
Here’s how you can get some ‘me time’…
Schedule it! If you don’t the days will pass and you will still be saying ‘tomorrow I will do it’.
Know that you will feel so much better for taking a break from motherly duties. You will come back refreshed and well…you DESERVE it!
Here’s what some Mom friends said about how they manage ‘me time’ with a family:
Erin from Ak on the Go: “As a family travel writer, the bulk of our adventures take place together, so time by myself is a ritual I refuse to compromise. I’m also quite an introvert, so I love my dedicated time in which I can relax, read, run, and just be me, after so, so many press trips, marketing meetings, and the like. My husband understands this, and allows me a few days every season to go away, just me, to a favorite Alaska place to write, sleep in, drink coffee, and enjoy the view. “
Lindsey from Outside Mom: “I like to get out and exercise early in the morning. Starting the day with a hike, jog or mt.bike ride with just ‘me’ and my dog makes a HUGE difference in my day. It’s my morning cup of sanity.”
Here’s your chance for another fantastic giveaway.
Here’s the awesome giveaway package:
Aventura Celeste Bamboo Dress: So comfortable and perfect for anything.
Larabar: Box of mixed flavors. I always have a bar in my purse or backpack.
Eco-Vessel: Stainless Steel insulated straw water bottle. Great for daily activities and Moms must stay hydrated.
Tarma Designs: Super cute Trail Cairn necklace.
Women’s Adventure Magazine: Subscription of this women’s only magazine filled with motivation, inspiration and tips/ideas, gear reviews and features just for women. Great magazine!
How to enter:
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**This giveaway ends Saturday at midnight (MST), May 12th and the winner will be announced on Mother’s Day, May 13th.
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Thank you Aventura Clothing, Eco-Vessel, Tarma Designs, Larabar and Women’s Adventure Magazine for providing these items for the giveaway. All opinions expressed are my own.