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prioritizing "me" time

It's taken over three years, but I'm getting better at prioritizing myself. I know I'm a better mom, a better wife, a better me when I allow myself "me" time. This looks different for everybody. "Me" time could be a pedicure, a trip to Target, a snack you don't have to share, a brunch with friends or a night in with wine and your favorite movie.

Personally, most of the above are rare for me. They're fabulous when they happen, but they usually require my hubby to have a day off or a grandparent to be free. I know many of you can relate, but that doesn't mean there aren't other ways to do something good for you. It just takes a bit of prioritizing and scheduling.

For me, early mornings are my time. I make a warm beverage (usually lemon water or coffee), and get back in bed to read a few chapters of a book. It's made a world of a difference for me. I get to start the day on my time, without any demands from my littles for cereal or milk or new diapers. I also don't go on my phone during this time. It's quiet and peaceful, and I get to escape for a little bit.

By the time the kids wake up, I feel awake and ready to take on the day. Rather than being thrown into "mom mode," I have had about an hour to slowly start my day in my own way.

I know not everyone is an early bird, but I totally recommend trying out early morning "me" time. If you absolutely need those zzz's, then try to get your time in during your children's naps or encourage independent play more. I've been backing off more and letting my kids play on their own (with me in the room or nearby with a monitor). It's way messier, but it's great for them and for me.

Hey, non-mom readers! You need "me" time too. Make yourself a priority outside of work, relationships, friendships, chores, etc.

I'd love to hear the ways that you prioritize yourself. Let me know in the comments.


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