As a working mom, there may be no greater challenge than to find some private time of your own. From demands at work to demands at home, working moms have a tendency to always be rushing from one place to the next. But when you really look at your day, you can find little pockets of time that you can steal away for yourself without feeling guilty that you’re missing a meeting or causing things to fall apart on the home front. Try one of these five easy ways to squeeze a little private time into your day, and you’ll be amazed at how much of a difference it makes in your overall well-being.
Get Up Earlier than Everyone Else in the House
Sleep is precious, but so is having a little peace and quiet that is all your own. Set your alarm for 20 to 30 minutes before everyone else in the house gets up, and start your day with a cup of coffee in the garden, getting a little morning stretch in, or reading the paper before all the chaos of getting everyone fed, dressed, and out the door begins. Starting your day off on the right foot bodes well for your entire day to go more smoothly.
Use Public Transportation Instead of Driving to Work
If it’s an option for your commute, taking public transportation to and from work will provide you with time to focus on something other than the road. Read a book, bring your latest knitting project, or do a crossword puzzle. Taking this time to do something you enjoy will make you feel refreshed on your way to and from the office.
Take a Walk on Your Lunch Break
It’s just as easy to eat lunch at your desk as it is to eat it in the corporate cafeteria or the café down the road so don’t waste your lunch break sitting down and eating. Instead, take a walk. The fresh air and activity will have you feeling rejuvenated and give you that boost to help get you through the rest of your day. If there is nowhere to walk near your office, do whatever else you can to get outdoors for a little bit.
Extend Your “Work” Day by 30 Minutes
Sometimes the only way to find some private time is to really schedule it into your day. Working moms often feel like they’re missing out on something at home and tend to rush from work back to the kids. Break this habit, and consider scheduling an extra 30 minutes into your “work” day. If you get home at 6 pm instead of 5:30 pm is it really going to make that big of a difference in how your evening goes? Leave work at the same time, but use that extra 30 minutes to call a friend you’ve been wanting to catch up with, stop into that shop you’ve been dying to check out, or taking a moment to meditate at a quiet spot.
Taking this time to yourself before re-entering your family life will give you a chance to re-center yourself. And doing so means you’ll be entering your house for dinner, homework, and bedtime with more calm and focus than if you rushed home.
Take a Bath after the Kids go to Bed
Even if you are an early-to-bed type, after everyone else is tucked in for the night, draw yourself a bath, and spend at least ten minutes lounging in the warm, soothing waters. It’s a great way to end your day, and even if it prolongs your bedtime by a few minutes, it will help you relax and ultimately fall asleep more easily while also letting you end your day with a little bit of luxury.
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