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That moment… The one when you look in the mirror, gasp and say, “When did my highlights grow out so much that they are now ombre?” Or when your last blowout was diaper-related instead of a treat at the hair salon. Or when your healthy diet consists of fish sticks and mashed carrots and peas because you don’t have the time or energy to make something different for yourself for supper.

bad hair day

The moment when you realize that your mom life has totally taken over every aspect of your life. This definitely happened to me, minus the fish sticks. I love my daughter with all of my heart but I am not a better parent when I don’t take time for myself. So I needed to come up with a plan.

Some days there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in a day to have any time to myself, but I have learned some tips to creating a little space for myself.

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1. I count my workout as mom time. I get up one hour before my daughter to grab a coffee and get a workout in. Most days this is enough of a boost to keep me on the right track. Of course, on weekends I succumb to a sleep-in day and do my workout with my daughter doing funny imitations of the very same yoga positions I am trying to do.

mom and child yoga

2. I take a bubble bath. Not very often, but sometimes when I just need a few minutes during a weekend day without questions or interruptions, I go and take a bubble bath. I still have some work to do on this one because the last time I tried this, I only had grape scented bubble bath…

3. I paint my nails. I have never being one for nail polish but I discovered that in the quiet evening, watching a show and painting my nails is SO relaxing! And I have taught myself that if the polish doesn’t work out or is smudged, I just put a coat of sparkle polish on. Instant fix!

4. I walk outside. This year, I have added two walks a week to my life. Being outside by yourself and just exploring pathways is über refreshing, especially during the autumn season. It’s like a 360-degree picture book!

walking outside during fall

I have also tried things like cucumbers on the eyes (so slippery!) and going shopping for a new outfit (which made me realize I am very indecisive). But the ideas above are my four favorite things to do.

If you are looking for someone to encourage you to take time for yourself, this quote from Eleanor Brown sums it up perfectly: “Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” So here’s to us moms, taking a little time to replenish our spirits and filling up our vessels.

What are some of the things that you do to take time for yourself?