It’s two o’clock in the morning and you have only been asleep since midnight. Suddenly you are snapped awake by a little hand on your shoulder. Your little one has an upset stomach which you know from experience means you won’t be getting any more sleep tonight.
If you are a mama, this has happened to you. Maybe even more than once. Being a mother is a full-time job with out any time off. You don’t get vacations.
Unless, you take a much needed time-out. I mentioned in this post that your kids need a way to escape every now and then. Well, you need an escape, too.
Why Do You Need A Mama Time-Out?
You need a break every now and then. It is just a matter of how and when. When you are a mama, especially a SAHMama, it seems like your job will never end.
This seems even more evident when you are a homeschooling mama, as well. You have your children at home with you 24/7. That means that you are on-duty 24/7. Even when your husband is around, the kids are so used to just coming to you.
Taking a time-out, is a time for you to recharge your batteries. You can come back to your family and household duties refreshed and ready for action.
This is so much better for you, your husband and your children. They get a wife and a mother who is full of energy and completely present instead of someone who is burned out and exhausted.
What A Mama Time-Out Is Not!
I am not asking you to go away for a week long vacation to a tropical island. This isn’t supposed to cause you to upend your entire schedule and empty your bank account. You don’t even have to be alone.
The most important thing to remember is that you do something that you enjoy and that relaxes you. This could be a hobby, a girls night out or even some alone time with your favorite book.
The time that you take could be as short as a long lunch at your favorite cafe, or it could be a weekend away, if that is what you need. Whatever you need to de-stress and unwind.
What you should not do with your time-out, though, should be pretty clear, but I feel like I should say it anyway. Please, do not under any circumstances run errands or do any favors for anyone else. This is a time just for you and you alone.
Grocery shopping, running by the post office, dropping off the dry-cleaning or babysitting for your neighbor are not activities that will help you with the self-care you need.
Take Action Today:
- Decide what you need to do to recharge your batteries and come back to you life refreshed.
- Figure out how much time you need to take for your time-out.
- Sit down with your spouse and schedule a time-out for yourself sometime within the next month.
What do you plan to do on your time-out? Leave a comment below to let me know.
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