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Me Time: A Necessity in Mommying

by Julie Meyers Pron

Ever feel like “mom” should be spelled “momm” so it becomes a four-letter word? Whether you’re a stay-at-home-mom, a work-at-home-mom or a work-in-the-office-mom, moms usually fall last on priority. It comes with the mom-job. Traditionally, we’re responsible for the everything at home. (I’m not saying dads aren’t responsible, but when’s the last time you heard a 10-year-old yell out “Daaaaad? I need my red baseball shirt! Where’s my red baseball shirt?!”)

While a lot is demanded of mom, she’s also usually forgotten when it comes to who she is because to those little ones living in her care she’s the MOM. She may also be a librarian, a doctor, a coach, a marketer or a technician, but to the family she’s one who makes lunch and breakfast and drives the carpool and prepares snack for all eight kids that came to her home after school bus drop off (even when six of those kids are not own.) She’s the one who finds herself sitting next to her 1st grader helping him to focus on completing his homework. She’s the one folding laundry until midnight because until 11 pm she was still completing forms for a field trip, or a costume for Favorite Story Book Character Day.

And that mom? There’s a good chance that she’s running around doing so much for others that she forgets herself. And so does everyone else. She forgets the importance of “me time” and that without “me time” she just might forget who she is.

Me time is a necessity. It’s necessary to refresh, to think, and to enjoy yourself, who you are and where you come from. Me time rejuvenates a mom. It brings back her energy, spirit and enthusiasm. Sadly, it’s usually the first thing to be brushed aside when there’s a busy schedule.

So, moms. What’s your favorite Me Time? If you had 30 minutes, two hours, an afternoon, or a day, what would you do with it? Think hard… Me Time should be a time that you refresh. A time that you remember who you are outside of the laundry and lunches. A time that you focus 100% (okay, I’d be happy with 75% if that’s all I can do) on you.

Me? I try to get my toes done about once a month. Some weekends, I just take a few hours to run errands alone. Other days I enjoy tea and a book. But what I’ve found to be the most rewarding Me Time is the three times a week that I climb on the elliptical machine with a good book, working out while leaving my daily responsibilities and getting lost in a book. Or I practice Pilates, stretching my body and letting my mind go.

Recently, I surveyed my followers on Facebook and Twitter asking: Moms, when’s the last time you had “me time”? What’s your favorite “me time” thing to do? Several of the responses included spa time and tea. Others listed books and magazines. But just under half asked “what is me time?” or sarcastically responded that they don’t recall the last time they did anything for them.

Ladies! It’s time to celebrate you. Get a sitter, call a friend and offer to watch her kids today if she can watch you’s tomorrow. Go do what you want to do. Soon. Tomorrow. Today.

Or do something else.

Just do something for you.

Celebrate who you are.

Refresh.

2011 PA Conference for Women social media mentor Julie Meyers Pron began blogging in 2004 as a senior editor for Mommies with Style while she ran an online boutique. Finding her love for social media, Julie branched out and formed Just Precious in 2009 and has written for Yahoo! Shine, Baby Center, SCI Child, Playdation, Rusty & Rosy and more. She is co-founder of Just Centsible Consulting and Principal of Splash Creative Media.

 

 
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