We all need time to restore, recharge, and rejuvenate to heal, to grow, and to thrive. We all need more time for more self care, so how do we get it?? Keep reading for great ideas on to help busy moms: how to manage time, take care of yourself, and handle stress.
So how can we find the time to restore your health?
Time to recharge and grow? Time to rejuvenate and thrive?
Good time management skills can help you be more effective, more productive and live with more meaning.
Struggle with Managing Time & Self Care
The struggle is real: balancing time and self care if difficult!
Have you felt the struggle?
Can you relate to feeing like there’s not enough hours in the day?
I think I have felt the most overwhelmed when time is limited and I still need to complete a task. When time is running out, and I feel the pressure to finish the task, that’s when I have lost my temper with my kids or been the most impatient with myself.
Feeling hurried, being late, and running out of time causes stress on ourselves and on those around us.
Have you felt overwhelmed when running out of time?
I remember as a young mother when I realized that I lost my patience with my children in the mornings as we scurried around trying to get ready for school. Those mornings I was running behind were the times I felt overwhelmed and knew we were going to be late.
I did not like the way I talked to my kids when I felt hurried, I was not proud of my impatience nor the way I handled the whole ordeal.
My lack of time management and lack of planning caused chaos in scheduling and emotions, as well as hectic relationships.
I would feel so overwhelmed when I felt hurried. It can be difficult to focus on what’s really important, especially when if may feel like there’s never enough time.
It’s hard to manage time when you’re really tired.
The other aspect that makes it hard to manage time is when I’m really tired. Fatigue causes my brain to be foggy, my emotions to be extra sensitive, and my body to be sluggish. Many of us struggle with feeing tired and balancing work and rest.
What to do when everything around you is in chaos.
When your responsibilities seem out of control and chaotic, or your dreams seem unattainable, it could be that time management skills could be helpful.
Setting boundaries with time management can bring order to your goals and help prioritize your to-do list.
How do you protect your time? Time management skills can help you protect your time for what’s most important in your life.
Time Management Skills Improve Life Management
Managing your time can help you:
- Find more free time
- Reach your goals
- Improve relationships
- Increase productivityat work and home
- Greater satisfactionin life
- Gain more energy
- More time for self care and hobbies!
Want more time?
Manage time = Manage self
Time management skills can improve your time for self care, responsibilities, and live your life to the fullest!!
Want more self care?
Managing your time can help you find the time for self care in your daily routine, says Suzanne Brown of Mompowerment.com. Brown shares time management tips for moms, parents, and any hard-working adults that can help you find more time in your day for self care.
Time Management Tips
- Time Batching is grouping similar items and focusing on one group at a time. Suzanne uses the Pomodor method of working 25 minutes and taking a 5-minute break. Those breaks can refresh your mind to work harder and faster. For more details on how to block time, read the blog post: Create More Time.
- Work during Peak efficiency times. Choose to do your best work at your peak time, when you are most efficient. Are you a morning person, if so, choose the morning time to work. Are you a night person, then maybe working later in the afternoon or evening might be your best time. Try a few different times and take note when you work more efficiently.
- Slow cooking can save you time and cleaning, it’s putting a whole meal in one pot and it magically cooks it in a few hours. So by supper time, your meal is all ready. Look at my Pinterest Recipes board for more slow cooking ideas to help you balance work and wellness.
- Special Toys to keep your little ones busy so you can get things done. This is one of the best tips when you have little children around you who want your time usually when you need to take a phone call or cook supper for your hungry family.
Create Special Toy Time:
Create a special box of toys, and only bring this special box down when you really need uninterrupted time to focus on 1-2 specific tasks. I used to have a special box at the top of a closet that I would pull out about the time I needed to make supper and return phone calls.
It doesn’t work if you pull down the special box more than once a day, then it’s not really special, it’s just a part of their everyday toys. Save this special box for a special time for your children and yourself.
This way, this special toy box is reserved for special play time. You will get time for specific uninterrupted tasks and your children will get their special play time.
Consider this as self care for your children, they will love it when you bring out these special toys for your children.
Special Toys Ideas:
- Play dough, plastic table cloth, tools to use with play dough: plastic knifes (not sharp), rollers, cups, child-safe cookie cutters
- Miniature house, cars, and people for children can play for long time creating their own stories.
- Toy animals your children likes to play with: plastic dinosaurs, cats, dogs, fish, snakes, farm animals, wild zoo animals
- Sensory bin: foam shapes, shoe box of fuzzy balls and measuring cups, bendable pipe cleaners, plastic container with beans and tools to play with (spoons, measuring cups, funnels, plastic animals).
Redefine The New Self Care
Harvard Business Review writer, Amy Jen Su, encourages leaders to redefine self care as more than just physical health. Amy describes viewing time from different perspectives as also being helpful in increasing self care.
How do you define self care?
Broaden your definition of self care while you consider what is important to you, what you’re attuned to, and what you need to be your most effective and authentic self.
- Consider what is important to you for self care?
- What do you need to be your most effective and authentic self?
- What brings you joy?
- How do you nourish yourself or how could you nourish yourself?
- In what ways could you invest in yourself?
Basic Self Care
Pay attention to your mind, emotions, relationships, environment, resources, and time. Mindfully pay attention to your body and see what it needs.
Our bodies need the basics to survive,
and self care to thrive.Beth @ MooreWellness.Life
Are you getting the basics: a good night’s sleep, nourishing foods, plenty of water, shelter to rest, clothes to keep comfortable?
If your body is missing basic needs and physically deplenished, this will effect everything you do. You may feel sluggish and tired without enough sleep, brain fog and sick without healthy nourishing foods, and dehydrated and headaches without enough water.
If you are missing basic needs, then it’s important to start with the basics first.
Basic self care is the only way you’ll have energy to strive towards bigger self care goals.
Once you have the basics down for self care, mindfully pay attention to your mind, emotions, and spirit. Do you have close friendships, mental challenges, spiritual calmness?
- What does your mind, emotions, and spirit need?
- How could your environment and resources support self care?
Self Care = Self Compassion
Being compassionate to yourself can help you bounce back through tough times faster.
Self care is another way to say self love.
The more you love yourself, the more you will love others! The more you practice loving yourself, the more you will want to love others.
- How can you be compassionate to yourself? Today?
- In what ways can you show yourself love?
- What would help you bounce back faster through tough times?
Self care includes honoring the value, impact, and contribution you bring.
You are valuable!
- How do you honor yourself?
- What type of self care would honor yourself?
Take time for yourself just as you take time for your children.
Teaching your children how to manage time will also teach them how to manage themselves. Your children will learn to take care of themselves, just as you show them how you take care of yourself. The more your children practice self care, the better they will bounce back from adversity and love others, because they know how to love themselves.
Improve Mental Health with More Time
If you enjoyed this article, great!! There are 3 more articles related that may help you improve your mental health even more… creating more time through boundaries (article #2), creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals (article #3), and finding peak time and space (article #4). See below for the links.
Series: Time Management
- Time Management Skills Improve Self Care: How managing time helps you manage & improve self care.
***THIS BLOG POST***
- Create More Time with Time Boundaries: How to create more time in your routine, in your day, and in your health.
- S.M.A.R.T. Goals: How to set achievable S.M.A.R.T. goals.
- What is Your Peak Time? How to accomplish your mental health goals by finding your peak time & space.
Manage Time = Manage Self Care
I hope this journey of improving your time management skills helps you find more time for your self-care and your wellness.
- time management
- stress management
- relaxation skills
- goal setting
- personal development
Disclaimer: This article has resources about restoring wellness, and is based on my research and my experiences. This information is not meant to take the place of counseling or therapy. If at any time you feel uncomfortable or need to talk to someone, wellness resources may be helpful.