The Magic of “Me” Time

Jenny Fenig, mom, former Mommybites moms support group leader and owner of Jenny Fenig Coaching

Busy much? Right here, right now, I invite you to take a much-needed break from your life. Step away from the to-do list. I know you’re a busy mom so I promise that our time together will be well spent. What are we focusing on? Making time for the most important person in your life: Y-O-U.

How do you start carving out some “me time”?

CONNECT: Start by connecting with you are as a woman and identify what fills you up. Do you love jazz music, modern art, foreign films, marathons, hot baths, knitting, photography, writing? What makes you come alive (in addition to your family)?

RELEASE GUILT: Let it go. Feeling guilty about nurturing yourself is a waste of precious energy. In fact, guilt and worry are two emotions that will get you nowhere … FAST.

DATE NIGHT: Make a date with yourself to do something you love. Schedule it in your calendar. Make arrangements with your husband, partner, relative, friend, babysitter to watch your kid(s) while you are “off.” Rest assured, the world will not stop just because you’ve taken a break.

If you find you are consistently overcommitted, exhausted and simply don’t have time for YOU, this tip is for you …

LET PEOPLE DOWN (with grace): Disappointing people is one of the most challenging, yet most important, components to living a powerful life. How many times have you agreed to something you did NOT want to do because you were too afraid to say no? Practice saying “no, thanks” (do it now!). It gets easier with time. If it’s challenging to say that 2-letter word, buy time with the magical phrase: “Let me think about it and get back to you.” This concept has the power to change your life.

Would love to hear what you do to carve out time for your self-care. Let’s share insights and support one another in this wonderful and wild world of motherhood!

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