We’re too broke to have a Mommy Time-Out. That’s a favorite argument we make to ourselves when we think about taking some me-time, isn’t it? It’s not just the times that we don’t have the money to spare, either. There are those times when we are emotionally strapped, our spirits broken, and even physically when we are feeling too tired, bloated and unattractive to be seen in public much less spend time on ourselves.
I am here to tell you that whatever the excuse is that you are giving yourself you must ignore it and take your Time-Out regardless of your state, because it is at those times that you need a Time-Out more than ever.
If you are feeling financially stressed, you can do a lot at home that won’t cost you a dime. Plan a playdate for the kids at a friends house then come back home and have a friend over for tea, go for a walk, or both.
If you are feeling down about how you look or feel physically, or are suffering from an ailment, you may not have the energy or wherewithal to do what is necessary to get some alone time. However, there are some simple things you can do to still get in your me-time. Putting the kids to bed early will give you time alone with your thoughts, favorite TV shows or movies, or time on the phone with a friend.
Emotional issues will always get the best of you, and if you continue to let them stay in your head things can spiral out of control to the point you feel like you are circling the drain. Again, it’s times like these when taking time for yourself is more necessary than ever. Drop the kids off at the sitters then go see your therapist, pastor or best friend to talk about what you are going through.
We have control over our thoughts and emotions, we just need to take the time to do it. And taking the time to talk it out, or just relax and think through things, is key to putting yourself on the path to overcoming any challenges you may be facing.