Are you finding it hard to stay sane during busy days? With the rise of email, cell phones and social media, we’ve become accustomed to being available to anyone and everyone at all times. There’s no denying the usefulness of this—particularly for parents, right? But when it comes to spending family time with children, or spending time relaxing by yourself, being constantly connected can take its toll.
The solution? Sever the digital umbilical cord to stay sane during busy days
Make sure that when it’s time to unwind with the kids, you disconnect so that your kids have you all to themselves.
Make that together time count—whether it’s playing at the park, or baking cookies, or reading a book together. If you are spending time with your child, she needs you to pay attention to her, not to your cell phone.
If you are a mom that works outside of the home, you may feel obligated to be at the beck and call of the office. And it’s understandable! Don’t be at the mercy of your career at the expense of your children though. Arrange times when you are completely free from having to answer emails, text messages and phone calls. (setting those boundaries will usually earn you respect from your coworkers – once they know you're serious)
If you are a stay-at-home mom, there may still be times when your cell phone rings and you are tempted to step away from time with your children. Or you might feel a need to check your email often. This is a completely normal way to feel. But it’s still important to disconnect whenever possible in order to savor that precious time with your kids and stay sane during busy days.
Try to take time each day to turn the cell phone off
Or at least silence it and walk away from the computer for a couple hours. Make some time for you and your little ones to talk, play, read, exercise, plant flowers. The whole idea is togetherness without undue interruptions. I always make sure the dinner table is a no device zone and you may want to as well.
It’s also important to disconnect for your own sake once in a while. As a busy woman, you need to take time for yourself, too. Go for a morning walk or jog, or take a quiet few minutes to relax with a book while the kids are napping. One great way to rejuvenate your mind is to take the time to do your daily Aaahhh for some quick revitalization.
Turn your phone to silent, put your laptop away and let the emails sit. Take the time for some self-care and rejuvenation is vital for day-to-day happiness. You can’t relax if you’re constantly answering calls, emails and text messages, right?
In this time of advanced technology, it’s easy to get caught up in the never-ending flow of communication. To be connected in every way can definitely be an advantage. But it can also take up too much of the time you need to spend concentrating solely on your children or yourself. It may seem counterintuitive, but having an accountability group can help with setting a goal of disconnecting. Communities make it easier and more fun than ever to work collaboratively to achieve goals.
The moments you take with your kids now, while they are young, will always be remembered and appreciated. The moments you take for yourself are no less valuable. Every busy mom needs, and has earned, a chance to catch her breath. You will begin to find it easy to stay sane during busy days when you take these moments to disconnect.
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