Chronicles of a New Mum: “Me Time” During Nap Time
I know this sounds crazy, but sometimes I feel anxious about what to do since the time is so valuable and so unpredictable. You never know how long it will last. Some naps are a glorious two hours and some are a fleeting fifteen minutes due to the doorbell or the neighbor’s dog barking at a squirrel (yes, that has unfortunately cut short many naps for us).
So how can you maximize “me time?”
One of my friends loves to make herself a really nice lunch (while the baby is having his lunch) so that it’s ready to eat the minute he snoozes and she doesn’t have to waste any of the nap preparing it. She sits on the couch and actually enjoys her meal. I like this tactic of getting mundane tasks done (like unloading the dishwasher or folding laundry) when my baby is busy amusing herself in the high chair or swing so that I don’t have to spend time on that stuff later.
There’s a lot of pressure to be productive during nap time (whether it’s work or dealing with that mountain of dishes in the kitchen sink), but sometimes you just need to plop down on the couch and not feel bad about it. There are many days that I’ll pass the time scrolling through my Instagram feed, reading emails, watching Downton Abbey and pinning recipes I’ll never make on Pinterest (wishful thinking, right?). Not getting anything done can be better for your own well-being. Taking a hot shower in peace and quiet trumps cleaning any day.
Other times, I try to sneak in a workout at home. It’s not always easy to find the energy or willpower to do it, but I always feel better after. My friend recently told me about these awesome Yoga with Adriene videos on YouTube that I started doing. There are tons to choose from at different lengths (even just 10 minute sequences!) and themes based on what you want out of your workout.
There are days when I’m totally motivated to minimize the chaos in my house (or my life). I find it therapeutic to put stuff away, go through the pile of mail I’ve been avoiding, or check things off my to-do list when I can actually concentrate.
And of course… sometimes I follow my baby’s lead and… nap.