Out of all the roles of woman I hold, mommy is most important. Being responsible for raising a little one in the world we live in is the most rewarding and exhausting feat...and I only have 1. Shout out to the mommas with multiple kids you da real MVP!
Work during the day is enough in itself. By the time I pick up my son after school, make dinner, clean, bath time, bed time routine, etc…I don’t know whether to reach for coffee or wine. When I finally get time to breathe at the end of the night, my energy is depleted. My minimal attempt at self-care quickly turns to snores.
I pretty much have to hit the point of exhaustion before I think about taking time for myself. I wrote the Ten Commandments of Self-Care for Busy Moms and I try my best to stick to setting aside self-care so that I can be the best I can for my son.
I will admit, it’s hard to squeeze in that time but being INTENTIONAL about self-care is the key. Nicole Walker, who created the Mommy Break Project reminded me of this.
Nicole intentionally took time each week for an entire year to take consistent mommy breaks. She captured her journey by writing the The Mommy Break Project: A Self Care Manifesto which includes how she was able to implement this goal and lessons she leaned along the way. This experience helped her become a better mom and learn how to achieve balance in her life. So, of course, I was all for it!
It’s an easy, engaging read. I could totally relate to her experience as a mom...so much that I thought, how great is that to share with our bestie followers!
Now that I’ve read her book and signed my mommy break manifesto, this recommitted mommy is on the way to little more self-care and a lot less burnout! Now I challenge you moms to do the same. Here are a few ideas I plan to include in my mommy breaks (can be done alone, with your besties, or significant other – incorporate all 3!):
· Happy hour with my fav working mommas at Seven Lions or Boleo!
· Sip & Paint – I actually prefer Trap & Paint www.trapnpaint.com (Aye!)
· Going to see a movie by myself and not have to share my popcorn or miss part of the movie to take a child to the bathroom.
· Aimlessly roam the aisles of Target
· Catch a play - For Colored Girls at Court Theatre (RIP Ntozake Shane)
· Take time for a must- needed mani & pedi
· Experience an ancient bath & massage at AIRE https://beaire.com/en/aire-ancient-baths-chicago/
· Brunch is always a good idea! Get to Rhyme or Reason (It’s litty!) before it closes at the end of Nov L
· Burn some steam and calories at Pound Fit exercise class
· Or simply sending everyone out of the house for the day so you have quiet time to relax or sleep in
Please share your mommy break ideas! I’d love to hear them. And if you want to do a mommy break together, hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org!