How To Take Daily Breaks Even When You Have Young Kids

  • by XpatAthens
  • Monday, 26 July 2021
How To Take Daily Breaks Even When You Have Young Kids
Now that schools are closed many parents see their “tail” growing longer by the day. This is especially true for full-time moms with younger children who follow them around from the time they wake up in the morning until they go to bed in the evening.

From one room to another, you turn right, they turn right too; you run to the kitchen to check there’s enough water in the cooking pot, they run after you so much so that if you take a step back you’re afraid you’ll accidentally step on them. You play with them, you plan their activities, you do the needed chores – as much as possible. And, in some traditional households, when dad comes home, mom just continues the race.

Here comes the crucial question - Do you find time to rest during such a busy day with kids, especially young ones, at home? If your answer is “yes,” congratulations, you’re a step ahead! If however, your answer is “no” then it's time to change your perspective and start seeing things a bit differently.

You need to make some changes in your daily routine and create, better yet set aside, time for yourself. You can start with 15 minutes per day, every day. Mark it in your calendar as a “meeting with me” time like you would with any other activity or chore. You may choose what pleases and relaxes you the most. Like talking to your best friend, reading your book, gazing from your balcony, relaxing on your couch. 

Once you allocate these 15 minutes to yourself successfully, you may slowly increase the time to suit your needs. Don’t tell me you have no time at all. Be creative, take time from something else and offer it to yourself. It’s a gift you deserve! Because you also need to take a break and recharge your batteries. Only then will you be able to cope well with the daily challenges. And, as you very well know, they are plenty! Enjoy your daily breaks!

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