Motherhood is hectic.
Between the constant play, having to find dinner, trying to find moments for yourself, it can constantly feel like you are on a never ending hamster wheel.
But the reality is there are a ton of “pause moments” throughout the day you just need to know when they are and how to capitalize on them!
Defining Pause Moments
So let’s start at the beginning. What exactly are pause moments?
Pause moments for me, are as defined moments throughout the day that can be described as “slow or non active”.
In short, the baby is occupied or tied up in something else and mom isn’t needed to occupy or create something for the time.
In my motherhood, I have found that these moments are the PERFECT time to capitalize on self care. I mean the kids occupied so mama deserves to be occupied too!
After defining the pause moments it’s only right that we now talk about specific pause moments throughout the day.
I am sure your first reaction was:
WHAT pause moments
But in all honesty, if you sat and thought about it you could find at least a handful of these times.
However, in case you are like no Aysia I have tried too hard and I can’t find any!
Here are a few of mine:
- Nap time
- Breakfast time
- Lunch time
- Dinner time
- Play time (especially if you kid is a solo player like mine!)
- When dad/ significant other is home and you can allot a time aside
- During a walk (if your kid is stroller age)
I could go on but honestly I am sure you are starting to pick up the trend.
Any moments that doesn’t require you to be 100% focused on the child or creating an activity for the child can allow you to get some time for yourself.
Even if this time is short lived.
Oftentimes as moms we feel as though if the self care isn’t 15 min, 30 minutes or even an hour then we’re like what’s the point.
But the point is, ANY amount of minutes is good for your self care and mental state.
So, remember that the next time you try to write off a 5 minute activity.
But, I digress. Let’s continue.
How to use Pause Moments
Using pause moments can feel daunting at first.
You have this time and you’re unsure what to do with it.
It’s so simple, find an activity and * INSERT HERE *
Okay all jokes aside, that’s the gist of it.
The hardest part in capitalizing on these moments are knowing what specifically to do.
Pause Moment Activities
My easiest tip I can give you here:
Have a list of activities in your archive and ready to go!
This makes it so easy when it comes time to have a pause moment.
So let’s get into some (10) of these activities:
- scroll IG
- listen to a short podcast
- rest your eyes
- talk to a friend
- partake WITH your kid (if you want of course lol)
- do light cleaning
- fold laundry
- watch a 30 min netflix show
- watch a youtube family vid!
- do absolutely NOTHING for 5 min
As you can see as you begin the list it gets easier and easier to think of more things to add to the list.
Again remember, it’s no how LONG you take part in an activity but that you take part in general.
Capitalize on those moments mama and
Take care of you too,