With back-to-school just about here, things are about to get more hectic around my house. Added into the already existing craziness will be a car ride to and from Kindergarten, with preschool drop off for my twins sandwiched in there. It’s a lot to keep up with – I’m exhausted just thinking about it. So, there’s no better time to talk about the importance of moms finding moments for themselves this back to school season. As moms, we work so hard to prepare everyone else, so it’s only fitting that we take some time to ourselves.
For me, if you give me 5 minutes, I’ll inevitably find another chore that needs to be done, laundry that needs to folded or toys that need to be picked up. There will always be another chore or task that you could be doing, but the benefit of a little downtime will help you get through long days..
5 Ways to Take 5
1. Have a Spot & Try Doing Nothing
Call it a Mom Cave (if you’re truly lucky to have this designated room) or just a spot where you might find some solitary time. For me, I have a chair and table set up in one corner of my master bedroom.
A cozy blanket, table and candle – it’s a pretty good spot to just ‘take five.’ Have a spot in mind so that you can take advantage of any breaks in those ever-present duties of being a mom.
2. Read or Listen to Music
I like to indulge in a good book and escape a little bit. I do miss the days of reading for hours on a rainy day in a cozy chair. These days, I’m happy to get through a few pages.
You can also try music, your favorite magazines or reading a favorite blog. But no work or checking emails!
3. The Perfect Mom Snack
There’s nothing like taking a break and enjoying a favorite SKINNY COW® product! Lately, I’ve been enjoying the Milk Chocolate Dreamy Clusters and the Salted Caramel Pretzel Ice Cream Candy Bars. These both are perfect for making any break a little sweeter.
The Dreamy Clusters are absolutely delicious. I love that they come in individual bags so that I can grab and go. And, at just 120 calories a bag, it’s not something I’m dwelling on.
For a frozen option, the Salted Caramel Pretzel Ice Cream Candy Bars are a favorite. Enjoying this candy bar, made with low fat ice cream is a great way to escape for a few minutes.
I stocked up on SKINNY COW® while I was at Walmart doing some back to school shopping. The Dreamy Clusters are found in the candy aisle, while the Salted Caramel Pretzel Bars are found with ice cream.
Stock up on these perfect mom-snack solutions!
4. Take Slow Sips
Sometimes a break is best spent sipping slowly – whether it’s tea, coffee or my favorite, a fruit infused water to help you refresh and de-stress. I love adding mint leaves to my water with whatever fresh fruit I have on hand.
5. Journal or Make a List
As moms, we have a lot to think about. We’re keeping track of everyone else’s schedules and to-do lists, in addition to our own. Taking some time to journal or make a list can be helpful.
You don’t have to equate making a list with work. For me, I find that making a list helps clear my head, helps me breathe a bit, knowing I’ll get it all done…eventually.
Whatever you do to enjoy some ‘mom-time’ this back to school season, enjoy it while it lasts. We all know they eventually find us.
What are some ways you will be taking five this back to school season?
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