It may seem surprising, but for most of us parents, 32 minutes of me time is all that we get in a day! That is right, we are with our little ones basically 24 hours a day and seven days a week. It is a full time job with no breaks. Unless you count that measly 32 minutes that we might get to do a little something for ourselves.
Now, let’s talk about us, mamas. As women who care for our children with all of our hearts, nonstop, just how can and should we spend these precious few minutes that we have all to ourselves? It does not seem like a lot of time, but it can work to our advantage. We can give ourselves a much needed break by relaxing, running errands we want to run, catching up on sleep, and really doing things that make us happy.
We deserve our 32 minutes of free time!
How we wish to spend those few, yet ultra important, minutes is totally up to us. We get a chance to recharge. A chance to do something to make us even better parents. Below, we have a few ideas on the best ways women can spend these 32 minutes of me time a day. Consider it a mama bucket list and start checking them off!
20 Go On A Quick Target Run
We know the motto- Target run and done. There is something about Target, isn’t there? It is like it was designed for us moms! Target can either totally stress us out, or completely relax us. There is no in between! For your 32 minutes of me time, head on over to Target, for a relaxing Target run.
In fact, all you really have to do is walk around and check out the merchandise, no need to even buy anything!
If you want to buy something, sure you can grab some items on your list, but also pick up a coffee or makeup or something even better that is only for you.
19 Take A Cat Nap
They say the best naps are the short ones. In fact, many studies say that you should drink a cup of coffee, and then lie down for 25 minutes, which is the amount of time it takes for coffee to kick in. That is the perfect amount of time for a much needed mama cat nap! Use your 32 minutes of peacefulness to get a little bit of shut eye. It may leave you feeling rested and energized, ready to tackle the rest of the day with your crazy kiddos. A cat nap may be just what the doctor ordered!
18 Watch A Sitcom
If you feel like all you do is watch cartoons and kid shows, well, join the club. Us mamas rarely get the opportunity to watch the shows that we want to watch. Well, 32 minutes is the perfect amount of time to watch a half hour sitcom! Many mamas enjoy spending their free half hour by catching up on television shows they like to watch.
It can be relaxing and take you away for a short period of time. Want to watch an hour show?
No problem, watch half today and half tomorrow! Me time can be TV time if you wish it to be!
17 Try A New Beauty Routine/Makeover
Yes, you can pamper yourself in just 32 minutes! You may have limited free time, but it can really be you-time. Go ahead and give yourself a makeover. Do it at the beauty counter or at home. Sample new products. Try out new creams, eyeshadows, lipsticks, and more. Give a little fashion show makeover right in your own home. It can all be wiped off when it is time to see your little ones again- if you wish to wipe it all off! The idea is to do something that is all about you, and a new beauty routine try out or makeover is a perfect way to do so.
16 Read A Book
Reading is relaxing. As moms, and parents, we might not get much time to enjoy a good book. If you are reader or looking forward to reading the next best seller before it turns into a movie, then spend your free time catching up on some reading. Grab a coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soda, or whatever tickles your taste buds, grab your book, and sit down for 32 minutes of uninterrupted free reading time. If anything, it will recharge you for the next round with your kiddos. And you can repeat your relaxing reading routine the next day, too!
15 Do Some Yoga
Yoga is a great way to get in some exercising while also improving your mood. If you enjoy yoga or are looking to try it out, utilize your 32 minutes in this empowering and fitful way. You will feel stronger, both mentally and physically, once you have completed your half hour yoga session.
You can join a class, or do it at home.
No matter what, it is about you taking that all important time for yourself, where all you have to do is worry about your yoga poses and not about anything kid related! Go ahead and try some yoga today!
14 Call Up A Friend
As moms, it is really easier to lose sight of who we are, and who we were, pre-kids. Friendships are often one of the very first things to suffer, since it is often quite difficult to stay in touch with people once we have our kids. If you are missing a friend or family member, pick up the phone! You have 32 minutes to chat away and catch up on everything and anything.
It will probably improve your mood and make you feel connected again.
So, if you need to talk, use your few free moments to make a nice phone call.
13 Head To The Library
Looking for a peaceful place to spend some of that kid free time? If you need some peace and quiet, the library may be the best place to go! At the library, you can wander around and look through the books. You can sit and read a book, the newspaper, or a magazine. You can join an adult class. Some libraries even offer coffee or have small cafes! The best part, perhaps, is that it is a free place to head to if you are looking to do something for yourself. And you know it will be nice and quiet!!
12 Clean Out Your Closet
Sometimes, when we have some free time, we want to get something accomplished, especially around the house! One great idea on how to spend those very important 32 minutes of me time a day is to clean out your closet! Sure, it sounds like work, but maybe that is what you feel up to doing it. Throw or donate some old clothes and whatever else you find in the back of your closet.
Rediscover clothes and shoes you forgot you even owned.
You will definitely feel proud of yourself for getting something done by cleaning out and organizing your own closet.
11 Hot Bubble Bath
Feeling tired? Need to relax? Draw yourself a nice and hot bubble bath. With 32 minutes of kid free time, now is your chance to take a bath and actually enjoy it! You can do it however you want, with a glass of wine or a good book, and not have that fear that little feet are going to walk in the bathroom demanding something of you. Purchase some quality bubble bath that smells great, and go ahead and take yourself away through the bubbles. You deserve it! Give yourself a treat that you really need to recharge and relax.
10 Get A Mani/Pedi
Me time means me time! Try to not use these all important 32 free minutes up by doing something you do all the time. Do something for yourself. You deserve it. You work hard as a parent! It is truly a full time job, with only a 32 minute break, so you better use it wisely! One of the best ways to spend this time is to go get a manicure, pedicure, or both. You will feel relaxed and look great as a result. It is a chance to truly pamper yourself. And that is what these 32 minutes are all about.
9 Just Drive Around
When we have some free time, sometimes all we really want to do is clear our heads. We sometimes want to literally think about nothing! So, why not just take a leisurely drive? Head out on the open road and just enjoy the scenery in your neighborhood. Explore nearby neighborhoods, too. You never know what you will find. Just don’t go too far, you do only have 32 minutes, that’s it!
Driving around aimlessly can be a relaxing experience, as well as a chance to think about really whatever is on our mind.
And hey, if you have a convertible, you just have to try this one out!
8 Work On Scrapbook or Journal
No matter if you are crafty person or not, everyone can have a project they would like to work on.
Whether you might wish to write in a journal, put together a scrapbook or photo album, or anything else, these 32 minutes of me time is an excellent way to work on whatever it is you wish.
It can be hard to relax and concentrate on our individual projects when our kids are being demanding of us, so using our free time to work on these things is a great way to get something done that you actually enjoy doing!
7 Try On Fancy Clothes
Get yourself glammed up in just 32 minutes! Go back to your teenage years and head to the mall to try on some clothes that you will likely never buy! Go solo or grab a friend and giggle away as you try on new outfits, each one crazier and more expensive than the next. Sure, you can do some real shopping too, if you want, but part of the fun is just dressing up like you are a toddler in a tiara and gown. It is a different, yet totally fun, way to spend some free time that will greatly raise your spirits.
6 Take A Walk
One of the best ways to relax and regain our focus is to take a leisurely walk. Sure, we all walk, but usually we are in a rush to get somewhere or do something. We might walk our kids to school, or walk alongside them as they learn how to ride their bikes. Now is our chance to have some me time, and walk for pure enjoyment! You don't even have to have a destination in mind. Just walk and clear your head. Listen to music, or not, it is totally up to you how you choose to take a nice, 32 minute walk.
5 Send Out Emails to Family and Friends
Is your inbox super filled? Do you have a hard time keeping up with all of those emails you need to reply to? Especially the ones to the people you care about, like your family and friends? During your 32 minutes of me time, do not do any real work! Instead, reply to some friendly emails, or send out a group email to family and friends letting them know everything that is going on with you and your family.
Email is a great way to stay connected and keep in touch, we just need to find the time to actually use it that way!
4 Read A Magazine
There is nothing quite like a relaxing with a magazine that has really nothing of value in it! Don’t you agree?! Use your 32 minutes of free time to your advantage by just sitting back and taking in all those celebrity stories, or whatever else tickles your fancy. You can choose any kind of magazine. If you like science or cars, grab those magazines! The idea is to just relax and use your me time doing something that makes you smile. Reading some fun magazines can accomplish that goal for sure.
3 Eat Whatever You Want
During your 32 minutes of free time, you get the chance to raid the fridge with zero judgments. Yes, you can have that chocolate milk or cookie and not have to share! You do not have to hide from your kids as you eat a candy bar. This is your time, and you do with it as you wish. Go ahead and indulge in something that makes you happy.
The food choice is totally up to you, just remember, it is your time without the kids, so make sure you choose something super yummy that you really want to enjoy!
Me time can, and should, be something that is about us, and only us. It is a chance to do whatever you wish, even if what you wish to do is absolutely nothing. If you literally want to sit on the couch and daydream for those 32 precious minutes of free time, go for it. You do what makes you happy. Daydreaming is a great way to take your mind off your everyday tasks and think about whatever it is that makes you happy.
Go ahead and imagine yourself on the beach taking in the waves and a great beach read.
Go ahead and do it- daydream.
1 Enjoy A Glass of Red
In just 32 minutes, you can do so much. Yes, it does not seem like a lot of time, but, as we can see from this list, you can do quite a bit with limited time. The best part about 32 minutes of me time a day is that you can also do absolutely nothing at all. When it comes to me time for us mamas, it is all about the me. It is about doing what makes you happy, that will leave you feeling recharging for the next round with your kids. Want to enjoy a glass? Go for it!
A glass of red can relax us and make us feel happy, we all know that. Do not ever feel guilty doing something for yourself during your me time.