Stressful week? You bet. Stressful day? Absolutely. Stressful hour? I have four children. Enough said. Seriously, there are moments when I’m just begging to get away from these sweet, kind, adorable, intensely stressful little dears. Don’t get me wrong. I love my children. Like, really. But there are some times when five ladies in the house is just.too.much. And I find myself wishing and pleading for that elusive phenomenon. Me time. But seriously, I can barely take a shower some days. How I am I supposed to get that “me time” that I keep hearing about? Here are 5 ways to find me time. For real moms.
Honestly, I have never seen the inside of a spa. I haven’t been to a gym in twelve years. I haven’t been on a mom’s night out. Ever. (Though I did have a work night with a friend recently.)
I work from home.
I have a special needs child.
I’ve been on diaper changing, mess-cleaning, laundry washing, runny nose wiping duty for almost 13 years.
I lived overseas with no support system for nine years.
I even survived this week when my (almost!) five-year-old was running a fever of 104+ for days, had snot dripping down her face, clinging to me like a (sweet, lovely) leech.
Ok seriously. That was a bit dramatic.
I don’t actually think she’s like a leech. More like a koala baby who just won’t let go of her mother…
I needed me time.
Hubby was working.
So I did what all real moms do. I found some “me time”.
If you are super woman and have never experienced this need, bravo. But I also think, just maybe, you are lying to yourself.
When you finally realize your need for “me time”, try one of these 5 tried and true techniques.
5 Ways to Find Me Time for Real Moms
- Pretend that you have to go to the bathroom. Lock the door. Ignore the incessant knocking from three feet tall creatures. Don’t look at that sweet message they shove through that door crack. Just breathe. Make sure to flush & wash to give them the full effect because if you don’t you are very likely to receive a lesson from a Daniel Tiger obsessed preschooler about how you should “flush and wash and be on your way.”
- Grab your Betty Crocker™ Sweet Rewards Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar and hide in your closet. Do not open the package to indulge on the cookie bar until you are safely behind closed doors. Preferably muffled by several layers of clothing hanging in your face. When the children finally find you, insist that you were just starting a game of hide and seek.
- Break your “no electronics” rule and give the kids an iPad and insist that they watch their favorite shows on Netflix while you pour yourself a cup of coffee and chill in another room with your headphones on. (So you don’t have to listen to your four children argue about what that favorite show might be.)
- Ensure that all children are in a child-safe zone. Walk out the back door and sit on the deck. Even if it’s -40˚F. It’s worth it. I promise.
- If all else fails, go hide in the laundry room. I promise no one will think to look there.
Seriously, I have tried all of these things. Except the -40˚F…
They work. The kids will survive for five minutes without you.
Make sure that you have a stash of sweet treats just for these moments.
Where are you going to find your “Me Time” today?