Mom-Time: Finding Moments of Rest and Reflection During the Holidays

Ah, the holidays are perfect for moments of rest! That magical time of year when the air is crisp, the streets are twinkling with lights, and… oh yeah, the to-do list is longer than Santa’s nice and naughty lists combined. Especially if you’re a mom. But amidst the festive frenzy, finding little pockets of serenity can make a difference. Ladies, grab your favorite cuppa, and let’s chat about getting some of that coveted “mom-time.”



1. Early Morning Me-Time

While waking up even earlier during the holidays might sound less appealing than a regifted fruitcake, trust me on this one. Even just 15 minutes before everyone else can provide you with that quiet moment of reflection.

Hot tip: Use this time to stretch, journal, or sit with a hot coffee. Something about the tranquility of dawn sets a positive tone for the day.


2. Strategic Shopping Alone Time

Remember those days when a shopping trip was almost therapeutic? Find a few hours in the week when you can hit the mall or local stores ALONE.

Why it’s awesome: You get to shop at your own pace! Plus, solo trips mean you can pop into that cute little boutique or the bookstore without any tiny voices asking for the 100th snack of the day.


3. Evening Wind-Down Rituals

Once the kiddos are tucked in, it’s tempting to crash on the couch or start prepping for the next day. Instead, carve out a 30-minute window just for you as moments of rest.

Ideas: A warm bath, reading a chapter from a book, or a simple skincare routine can work wonders.



4. Digital Detox Moments

Our screens are bombarded with sales, festive photos, and sometimes even drama during the holidays. How about designating an hour or two in the day as screen-free as moments of rest?

Real-talk: This is good for your eyes and mental health and allows you to be present in the moment. Rediscover the joy of analog activities, like reading or crafting.


5. Delegate, Delegate, Delegate

Momma, you don’t have to do it all. Really, you don’t. Enlist help from family members, whether setting the table or wrapping gifts.

Bonus: This could become a fun bonding activity. Plus, kiddos love responsibilities. Well, sometimes.


6. Savor Simple Pleasures

The holidays aren’t just about the big events. The simple moments, like sipping hot cocoa while watching the snowfall or listening to your favorite holiday tune, can be just as rejuvenating.

Heartfelt advice: Keep a gratitude journal. Jotting down those simple pleasures can keep the spirit alive even after the holidays.


7. Connect with Fellow Moms

Planning a small get-together or even just a phone call with a fellow mom friend can be therapeutic. Swap stories, share challenges, and have a good laugh.

Extra perk: It’s a great reminder that you’re not alone in the holiday hustle.



8. Embrace the Art of Saying “No”

I know, I know. This one’s a doozy. But sometimes, we need to decline certain invitations or requests to ensure our sanity.

Reality check: It’s okay not to attend every event or bake cookies for every school function. Prioritize what’s truly important and let go of the rest. Your well-being will thank you.


9. Nature Walks

Even in the chill, something is calming about nature. Bundle up and take a solo stroll or even a quiet, contemplative walk with the family.

A quick tip: The world seems silent during snowfall if you’re in a snowy area. It’s like nature’s own version of a meditative retreat.


10. DIY Spa Day

Who said you need to book an expensive spa appointment? Create your DIY spa session at home.

Try this: Face masks, scented candles, and some soft music. Ahh, can you feel the relaxation already?


11. Rediscover a Hobby

Remember that hobby you left behind during the chaos of mom life? The holidays can be a perfect time to pick it back up.

Inspiration: Whether painting, knitting, or playing a musical instrument, give yourself the gift of doing something you love.



12. Indulge in Holiday Movies – Alone

While family movie nights are great, there’s something deliciously indulgent about watching a holiday flick by yourself, wrapped up in a cozy blanket.

For fun: Make a list of your all-time favorite holiday movies and try to watch one whenever you get some alone time.


13. Attend a Workshop or Class

The holidays are not just about prepping for others; they can be about personal growth, too.

Idea: Enroll in a short workshop or class, be it for crafting, cooking, or yoga. It’s a dedicated “me” time, and you might learn something new!


14. Dream and Plan for the New Year

As the year winds down, it’s lovely to dream about what the next year might bring.

How to: Grab a planner or journal and jot down personal goals, dreams, or places you’d like to visit. Visualizing a bright future can be a refreshing break from the present hustle.


15. Listen to a Podcast or Audiobook

Not all “me-time” activities require complete silence. Sometimes, immersing yourself in a good story or enlightening discussion can be the perfect escape.

Pro tip: Find a podcast or audiobook that aligns with your interests. Let someone else’s voice transport you to a different world while you wrap gifts or lie down, whether it’s fiction, self-help, or a quirky comedy.


16. Holiday-Themed Meditation

Give meditation a festive twist! If you haven’t tried meditation, the holiday season might be the perfect time. Perhaps your moments of rest include Christmas socks, hot cocoa, and relaxing on the sofa, enjoying the beautiful tree.

Here’s how: Use visualization techniques to imagine a peaceful winter scene, like a quiet, snow-covered forest or a cozy cabin with a roaring fireplace. Even just 10 minutes can help reduce stress and increase feelings of calm and connectedness.



17. Bake for Pleasure, Not Just for Obligation

Baking can be therapeutic, but not when it’s done under pressure. Why not whip up something just for yourself instead of baking solely for parties or gifts?

Sweet suggestion: Make a treat you adore but others in your household aren’t fond of. Relish every bite, knowing it’s made by you, for you.


Final Thoughts

Remember, lovely moms, the holidays are as much for you as for everyone else. Amidst the wrapping, baking, and jingle-belling, you deserve to find pockets of peace and joy. After all, a refreshed mom is a festive force to be reckoned with.

Happy holidays, and enjoy your mom time and moments of rest!


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