Nine Things Me-Time Can Do for You

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Being a mom is the hardest job in the world. We wear so many hats and have so many responsibilities that are not always seen by the naked eye. We are often overwhelmed and numb to outside stimuli. At this point, not only are we hurting ourselves, but we're doing a disservice to our friends and family. If you're tired and immune to emotions, your children will be especially affected by your lack of enthusiasm. It's not a luxury that detracts from your parenting station; me-time is a very-necessary, therapeutic regrouping that will return you to your station in peak condition. Here are nine things me-time can do for you:

1. Quiet: With all the schedules, parenting obligations, work demands, and more, you may find it difficult to explore your own thoughts. If you step away from the usual rigors of motherhood for just 30 minutes and allow your mind to wander, you can give yourself a break from prioritizing and planning. Sometimes we just need to be quiet and allow ourselves to just "be." Find a time in your daily life when you can arrange absolute quiet. Take a hot bath and close your eyes; enjoy the silence and allow your thoughts to drift in nonsensical directions.

2. Clarity: As mothers, sometimes we are forced to make difficult decisions or judgment calls that need careful consideration. A mom has so many thoughts jumbled together throughout the day and can usually make snap decisions on any topic, but when the subject calls for more than just a passing glance, you need to step away from the day-to-day. Take a walk, go for a drive, and eliminate all distractions to allow yourself to mull things over. The things that are truly important will become clearer to you.