Why Mom Time is Important and How to Sneak It Into Your Day

  • Why Mom Needs Time to Herself Every Day

    A picture of a woman doing yoga with her child at her feet
    To take care of others, you have to take care of yourself. Time for you is vital to a happy mom. Photo © Hero Images / Getty Images

    Mom time is crucial to re-energize your batteries after day in and day out of trying to take care of everyone else. But you don't usually put yourself high on the list of priorities, do you? That stops now after you find out why mom needs time to herself every day and how to get those minutes in every day.

    Research Shows Stay-at-Home Moms Report More Depression, Sadness and Anger

    A recent Gallup poll showed stay-at-home moms are experiencing more sadness or anger in their days than their working...MORE mom counterparts. The research also revealed that 50% of moms also say they're stressed.

    It's important to know the difference between being a stressed out mom or a depressed mom, of course. It's also vital that you find that time you need to recharge so you don't get so low it takes a long time to recover.

    Research Shows Stay-at-Home Moms Spend Too Much Time with Their Kids

    We're with them just about 24/7 but it never seems like that's enough, does it? Sure, there are days when we're ready for them to go to bed for the night at 5 p.m. However, it's easy to feel like you're falling short on your own SuperMom expectations and giving your kids everything they want and need.

    A recent study found that moms are spending too much time with their kids. Out of 10,000 families researched, parents were only spending about 34 minutes of uninterrupted time by themselves. You may not be able to take more than 34 minutes today but you should build in some time into your schedule that's for you, just you.

    Mommy Burnout Affects Everyone

    Moms get burnout too and it affects everyone, including your kids, spouse, friends and other important relationships in your life. If you're spending every single moment taking care of others while neglecting yourself, you're not doing your best because you're not at your best.

    Avoid mommy burnout and make the time to put yourself first every day. Even 30 minutes at the end of the day soaking in a bubble bath is better than doing nothing for yourself day after day after day.

    Your Happiness Matters Too

    Moms tend to put all of the focus on their kids and their happiness. The spouse comes next. Then everyone's happiness, from Aunt Sally to the family pet, comes next. And mom's happiness usually comes in a distant last.

    It doesn't have to be that way and it shouldn't. Your happiness matters too. Be a happy stay-at-home mom who enjoys every minute with her kids. You can get there by taking breaks that concentrate on your happiness.

    Here's how to get that valuable mom time into every day:

    Do What You Can with the Kids Around

    You have people to take care of so you can't exactly jet off to Tahiti on a whim. There are still plenty of things you can do with little kids under foot, though.

    Take five minutes to watch a funny video. Write a quick note to a friend. Take up a hobby. Any one of these 55 things you can do with little kids under foot will add short bursts of mom time into your day.

    Make Time for Yourself at Home

    Make a commitment to yourself every day. You will spend some time indulging yourself. Just 30 minutes can make a big difference but, if you don't have that, go with 15 minutes.

    Try at-home mom time indulgences on those days you don't have time or even feel like leaving the house. Don't put your own needs on the backburner just because you can't get out of the house today.

    Make Time for Yourself Out of the House

    Leave the kids with your spouse or get a sitter. You deserve some time away from home.

    Put one or more mom time indulgences out on town on your To-Do list. Just getting out of the house by yourself with no errands or even a particular destination in mind can refresh your entire outlook.