While I strongly believe that mommy time is a privilege, as a SAHM (or am I a WAHM now?), I know how precious a moment of “mom time” can be. Especially if it’s been awhile since the last time you’ve had some time to yourself.
Sometimes there are circumstances that make it difficult to leave the house. Maybe your baby has a high need personality or is going through a clingy stage or you hate driving in bad weather. Whatever the reason, we are all stuck at home at times. However, there is no reason why you can’t still have some much needed mommy time!
Mommy Time Without Leaving The House
The following list will give you some ideas of things you can do in an hour or less to recharge your batteries, so to speak. Let your husband watch the kids for a few minutes or take advantage of nap time and treat yourself to some down time.
1. Pretend your bathroom is a spa. Light a candle, turn some music on and take a shower. Even better, soak in the tub. Paint your nails, tweeze your eyebrows and put a little make up on. You will come out feeling like a million bucks!
2. Watch a movie. Whether you hole yourself up in your bedroom with the lap top or claim the living room as you own, enjoy a new release or an old favorite without interruption.
3. Exercise. This may not seem like a relaxing thing to do, but working out can help release a lot of stress. And it’s good for you. Enough said.
4. Sit outside and enjoy the weather. Relax on the front porch with a tall glass of lemonade or ice tea. Stretch out in the sunshine and soak up some vitamin D. Or if it’s cold, pour yourself a cup of your favorite hot beverage and sit by the window as you day dream.
5. Curl up with a good book or magazine. If you are an avid reader, you probably have a long list (or tall stack!) of books you want to read. Settle yourself in a comfy chair and read to your heart’s content.
6. Whip up something delicious to eat. The kitchen can be a great place to unwind for those that like to cook or bake. Try a new recipe or make a family favorite.
7. Pull out that project you never get around to. Whether it’s sewing, scrapbooks or some other crafty endeavor, work on a little at a time when you have the chance and you will soon have it finished.
8. Organize something. Clearing clutter is another good way to relieve stress, if you’re into that sort of thing. It it seems like work to you, don’t do it! 😉
9. Take a nap. Sometimes we just need little more sleep. Don’t feel like you are wasting time when you are sleep deprived and want to catch a few extra Zs.
10. Wake up early for morning devotions. This may seem counter-productive at first, but it really is essential, in my opinion. I have found that spending time in God’s Word is more refreshing than anything else on this list. Dedicating myself and my plans every morning makes my entire day (not to mention my attitude!) much better. In order to make sure I receive a sufficient amount of sleep, I try to go to bed fairly early most nights.
In the end, whether we get “mommy time” or not, we should always remember to cherish the moments we have with our children because these times will be gone before we know it.
How do you enjoy time alone in your home?
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