Finding Some Me Time

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A common struggle for most mothers is trying to find a few minutes to get away and have some alone time to escape the chaos and noise that is often a norm when raising kids. Whether spending 30 minutes soaking in a bubble bath to getting a pedicure at the local salon, there are a number of ways to feel rejuvenated once every week or two. Schedule some time in advance, so the weeks don't slip by while you're thinking "next week" there will be time.

Journal Over Coffee

One of the best ways to get a bit of R and R for the day is to slip away to a coffee shop and enjoy journaling to catch up on thoughts and dreams for the future. Not only is it extremely therapeutic, but it's a great way to discover more about yourself without feeling like your identity is consumed with motherhood.

Go For a Walk

Whether taking the dog along or going solo, taking a walk through the neighborhood will provide peace of mind and a bit of exercise. Not only will the mobility release endorphins, but it's a great way to enjoy some peace and quiet while getting fresh air.

Grab Dessert

Spending an hour or two alone doesn't need to be complicated. In fact, it oftentimes has to be simple when leaving kids at home with a sitter or a spouse. Enjoy having fun by getting a scoop of ice cream to enjoy for a guilt-free experience that doesn't involve anyone but you (no sharing!). You can read a good book or even people watch while enjoying the dessert.

See a Movie

For just two hours, a great way to escape is by catching a movie at the local theater. You can enjoy grabbing a bag of popcorn that doesn't need to be shared, while sitting wherever you want and watching a film that appeals to your preference...all without interruptions. Plan ahead by purchasing the movie ticket earlier in the week to prevent procrastination and to have something to look forward to in your hectic schedule.

Enroll in a Class

Spend time learning more about a hobby you have by taking a class at a community center for a bit of fun. It will force you to get away at least once a week while investing time in yourself with a passion that can include cooking, photography, or even creating art. Plan ahead to ensure you reserve a space before the class becomes full.