What would you do if you had one hour to just yourself…everyday? Can you even imagine the possibilities?!
Read a book?
Play with your kids?
Go to the nail salon?
Take a nap?
The options are limitless as we all try to find that elusive “me” time. It’s the one thing every parent desperately wants, but making time for ourselves seems practically impossible. Between kids, school, packing lunches, homework, laundry, bills, grocery shopping, work, and you know…sleep…who really has time?
But an hour to ourselves isn’t something we crave, it’s something we all need. Especially during the summer months.
That’s why I was so inspired by Safeco Insurance and their newest #MY60 hashtag and campaign. They’re encouraging people to reclaim just 60 minutes a day over the course of 60 days. But how do we find that balance? Believe it or not it’s actually doable, ironically if you take the time to plan!
5 ways to find me time
- Schedule Everything. Yes I mean everything! Work, date nights, workouts, kid’s events and sports, even your 60 minutes of free time. It’s much easier to find a window when you can see your calendar on paper, a Google calendar, or even an app on your phone like Cozi.
- Rise and Shine! They say the early bird catches the worm, so get up before your kids! I try to rise at 5:00 am during the school season and 6:00 am in the summer. I get in a workout, a cup of coffee or tea, and sometimes take a long hot shower. It’s so relaxing to have that quality time to yourself, plus it restores some peace into our overbooked lifestyle. And it’s much easier to start your day when you don’t have to rush to be late!
- Meal Plan. This is so hard to do on the weekends when we want to play, or swim…but meal planning saves so much time. That hour on Saturday mornings can mean hours of time saved during the week. Plus meal planning really does help your budget as well. Bonus points if you make freezer meals on the weekends so you don’t have to cook during the week!
- Prep the Night Before. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, if you have kids or you work, you likely have to make lunches for yourself or your campers. Choosing outfits for little ones or even ourselves can also be time consuming in the mornings. So do it the night before, and make the coffee then as well. You may just save yourself 30 minutes in the morning!
- Online Help! Don’t forget to take care of as much as you can online to help with your weekly routine. Bill paying, budgeting, appointment scheduling, and you can even place grocery orders ahead of time in some areas to save time. Why sit on hold at your doctor’s office if you can do it in seconds on your computer?
I was encouraged to start making time for myself last year when I interviewed Olympic Soccer star Brandi Chastain. She told me,
We have to see our own value, and when we do then we can give our best in the other arenas. I make it mandatory for myself…I exercise or hang out with my girlfriends everyday. Sometimes it’s at lunchtime, or some days at 5:00am. If I don’t do this then I don’t feel good. And if I don’t feel good I’m not a good mom, partner or friend.”
Safeco Insurace invites you to visit their site to find tips and checklists on how to create and maximize a “do more hour” for yourself. With 93 percent of families in this country requiring a dual income, finding balance between work and our children is becoming increasingly difficult – but it doesn’t have to be impossible.
If you decide to take this challenge as we are, please join the conversation over on mommy in SPORTS Facebook page!
Disclaimer: I wrote this post on behalf of Safeco Insurance, but did not receive compensation!
Meal planning! Yes yes yes! I’m horrible at doing it, but I LOVE when I do. It saves so much time and removes a load of stress every afternoon.
I know, I just re-started this and it’s helped SO much!!
Angela Cruz Ledford says
#4 is one of the hardest for me to adhere to– but it works the best, so I have to force myself! It’s helped me lose weight, too! Great guidelines here. 🙂
Thank you so much for posting these tips. I wish it was easier for me to get some me time, but that usually can’t happen until late at night, once the kids are in bed. At least I get it then though, right?
Yes but you need more! If mom isn’t happy it affects everyone!
Janine Huldie says
Great tips and am actually reading a fictional book right now about the concept of adding more time to your day. But still would love to be able to do this in real life and am going to have to try a few of these now 😉
It’s so true about scheduling “me” time. The 20’s-something me would have laughed because I lived for being spontaneous, but hey, I have two little kids.
Last week I set up the kids to go to their grandparents and I went to a movie alone. I put it on my schedule and I even bought the ticket first to hold myself accountable.
Yes, yes and yes!! I always wonder why people with kids feel like they need to be a martyr about “me” time. It’s tough enough without that attitude! Just find some time and enjoy! Voila, you become a better parent!
Great list!! I have to wake up extra early or else my whole day is off!
Create me time… I need to do that more often.. There is something about a hot drink in a handled cup with a book that calms me down like nothing else. I don’t know why I don’t make time to relax more. Great post!
Really good tips. I definitely need me time! It’s nice my husband and I take turns to go out with friends or alone. It’s nice to have that time. I also do everything online. I don’t know what I would have done without the internet.
Love all of these suggestions. It is so important to have time for yourself! The more we talk about it, the less guilty I think others will feel about doing it.
You nailed it!
Would like to add in my ways of pitching in some ‘me’ time. Check it out on my website, here:
love ME time!
“Me time” is so hard to find these days! Definitely agree with your tips on meal planning and getting up early. I’ve found that even just having an extra half hour in the morning to myself makes all the difference.