New moms have plenty to deal with. From nursing a newborn to staying on top of laundry, there is so much to do every day.
The struggle to find time for the things you like can be quite real. The good news is, you can do it! There are a few ways you can find time, and make time, for yourself in between the chaos of having a newborn.
Let’s take a look at what those ways are and how you can start making more time for the things you enjoy.
- Eliminate Time Wasters – One of the biggest hurdles for moms is finding time. You have more time to do things that you enjoy than you realize. Do you really know how much time you spend “harmlessly scrolling” through social media on your cell phone? Well, there’s an app for that! Download one of the various apps and track your social media usage for one week to give yourself a realistic look at where your time goes. Something tells me that at the end of the week, you’ll be given a reality check on what you subconsciously passed off as a harmless way to pass time.
- Plan Your Week – Every mom knows that being responsible for getting yourself and the little ones ready for each day can be one of the most time consuming daily tasks right next to meal time. So why not plan them both at the start of the week? Save time by setting out clothing for the whole family each week and putting it in a designated area so it’s ready to go. Meal planning is also super helpful. Use Pinterest to find meal planning tips and then put those ideas into practice. If planning an entire week ahead seems overwhelming, or you simply don’t have the time, there’s no shame in starting small. Take a few minutes at the end of the night, to set out clothes and come up with a plan for meals for the next day.
- Ask for Help! – More often than not, moms pass up opportunities to ask others for help. You’re used to being the one who takes care of the whole family. To be completely honest, us moms tend to like it that way. But sometimes you just can’t do it all, and you shouldn’t have to. Start with the ones closest to you; the kids, lol! If you have children other than the newborn, enlist their help with household chores like folding laundry or sweeping the kitchen floor. If your kids have memorized the passcode to your smartphone or work their tablets far better than you can, they’re intelligent enough to operate a vacuum or help empty the dishwasher; don’t let them tell you otherwise.
- Be Flexible – What might work for your best friend and her family might not work for you. Use your creativity and think about ways to customize certain tasks to benefit both you and your family. Love to read but struggle with finding quiet time at home? Try listening to an audiobook while you’re in your car. Audiobooks have completely revolutionized my hour long morning and afternoon weekly commutes. Sometimes all you have to do is search for the time to find it. With a little forethought, creativity, and effort you can find time to do the things you enjoy. And remember, you deserve downtime! Don’t ever feel guilty for taking time for yourself. The happier you are, the better you can be for your family!