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time is incredibly rare when you're a mom. And I mean all alone—no kids, no spouse or partner—just you.
In fact, this so seldom happens for me that when it does I momentarily forget how to be a normal adult person. I'm all, "What do I even do?" Thankfully, this feeling quickly subsides. When this happens to you, don't waste a minute thinking about it; just take action.
Here are some good
ways to use your precious alone time, even if it's just an hour or two:
For once, I don't have to be a shining example of healthy eating. Without
little ones tugging on your shirt for a taste, feel free to indulge
in something sweet. What I'm reaching for? A custard-filled chocolate donut.
feels pretty good walking into an establishment without having to keep an
eye on your kids. Hitting the brow salon is one of my favorite, albeit painful, things to do when I have free time. Getting my brows done by a
professional instantly makes feel like a
new person. Let's
throw in an upper lip wax too, I'm feeling dangerous.
into the Internet
Oh, my neglected Pinterest boards! If
you've ever been online while your kids mill about, you've
probably felt that pang of guilt—am I ignoring them?—Oops,
better click this off. But when you're alone, you can pin, retweet or scroll the Facebook timeline to your heart's content.
Yes, I can go shopping with my toddler,
but so much of those outings are spent handing her applesauce
pouches, pretzels—anything—while I'm
hurriedly trying on clothes. When I'm out alone, I can relish
browsing. I can undress peacefully in the changing room, even taking my
time to sit on those tiny seats in there, while I carefully slip myself into new outfits.
a kid-free friend
What are people doing these days? When
you have a kid-free afternoon, you can find out. You'll
hear about late nights out, Netflix marathons and general ennui.
Most of all, you'll spend time with someone who reminds you of your pre-mom life.
a regular person at a coffee shop
Finally, I can be that person annoyed
at other people's children. I'm
kidding: You have my empathy, fellow moms of screaming children. Even so, I'm happy to sip and savor
my latte rather
than racing out with a cup before my daughter disassembles the artisan beans display.
We all need a reset from time to time. If I have a solid two- or three-hour break, I'll drop into my local yoga studio for a class. I get a workout, a deep relaxation (savasana) and
some time to meditate. Whatever your preferred way to relax (Jacuzzi suites, anyone?), enjoy it Mama.