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Published on April 14, 2014

Taking Time for Yourself

For busy parents, sometimes the hardest person to take care of is yourself.

Me time. Sometimes just five minutes of alone time seems like a luxury in our busy lives of working, cooking, taking care of our families and the other multitudes of responsibilities that seem to grow with each passing day. Even though taking care of “me” falls to the bottom of the list for many of us, it is still important to make relaxation and down time a priority.

When life gets in the way, sometimes all you need is a little creativity to make a few minutes alone count. If you’re struggling to find some quiet time to relax, try some of these out-of-the-box ways to sneak in a little alone time:

  • Head to the grocery store, alone: Not only can you use the time to focus on healthy dinners for your family, but some quiet time strolling through the aisles can give you some moments alone with your thoughts.
  • Give yourself a time out: Time outs aren’t just good for kids! If you’re feeling overwhelmed, turn parenting duties over to your partner (or give the kids a task they can do on their own) and find a quiet place to reflect and unwind for a while.
  • Take the long way home: A few extra minutes in the car can be all it takes to recharge your mind.
  • Exercise: Boosting your endorphins (and energy) with a quick 45-minute run outside or at the gym can make you feel better. Many gyms now offer free childcare, making it easier to fit in a workout.
  • Schedule a date night or a girls’ night out: Sometimes it really takes scheduling an outing and hiring a babysitter to truly make a little time for yourself. Even if the time away from your family includes your significant other or best gal pals, a little adult conversation, good food and time to reconnect will help you feel rejuvenated.

By making room for a little “me time,” we’re not just taking care of ourselves, we’re really taking care of our families. When you are at your best, you have your best to give to others.

What are some unique ways you work in a little extra “me time” in your busy schedule?

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