How do you take 5 Minutes for Yourself?

by Susan

Being a mom is CRAZY-HARD!!!

Seriously… it is beyond what anyone can ever describe. And it doesn’t seem to get easier…

We Moms MUST somehow force ourselves to take time for US and look after ourselves. And since we’re so bad at giving ourselves permission to take 5 minutes off, we need to remind each other to invest time in ourselves…

What About You?

So, tell us… How do you take 5 Minutes for Yourself?

Thanks to Our Five Moms

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Erica our fabulous virtual assistant here at 5 Minutes for Mom
Dawn from Because I Said So
Amy from Mom Made That
Angelica from Modern Familia
Haley from Love Life Family and Then Some

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Written by 5 Minutes for Mom co-founder Susan.
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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Jill Conyers September 15, 2010 at 5:56 am

Unfortunately it took me way too long to realize that taking time for myself is ok. Then I realized taking time for myself makes me a better mom, wife, professional and everything else I do. If it’s only 5 minutes to spare I would probably sit on my deck and just take a breather.


2 Janice September 15, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Yes it can be hard to learn to take that time. I agree it makes me a better mom and wife when I am in a better space!


3 Monica September 15, 2010 at 8:47 am

I have 4 kids in my house, ages 4, 5, 6, & 6, so even 5 minutes can sometimes be too long during the day. The way I get my time though is to take a ‘bathroom break’. It’s my personal time to recoup, brush my hair, maybe brush my teeth, etc to feel refreshed again. The best part is when your done, you walk out and suddenly hear a sweet little voice say, “You look pretty, Mommy.” That’s when I know the 5 minutes was worth it.


4 Janice September 15, 2010 at 9:20 pm

ohhh that is so sweet that they notice the difference! :)


5 Susie's Homemade September 15, 2010 at 8:59 am

I take all kinds of minutes for myself or I would go out of my mind. I bake, I garden, I bathe and sometimes, I even nap!!


6 Hayley September 15, 2010 at 11:50 am

Ha ha ha ha. Time for myself? What is that?


7 5 Minutes for Books September 15, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Fun seeing everyone! Honestly I was most riveted by the stylist doing Erica’s hair! I’ve been doing my 12-year-old daughter’s hair that way, so I was watching for tips. That’s pretty much how I do it, but I watched that part at least 5 times, LOL.


8 Janice September 15, 2010 at 9:21 pm

So funny! :)


9 Kristie September 15, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I definitely take time to myself. I get pedicures once a month, I have a monthly card game with the girls and I belong to a wine group. I think it’s important to have some grown up time!


10 Janice September 15, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Ohhhhh I loooove pedicures too! And time with girlfriends is such a luxury too!


11 Rachel September 15, 2010 at 6:48 pm

hmmmm…. well, I watch the Bachelor with my husband (thankfully, I’m married to a “girl-guy”), I have a favorite rocking chair in a semi- quiet part of the house that I escape to just to get a “breather”; I tried the gym but that just wasn’t very fun :); having my hair COMPLETELY done is always a big thrill, ha! I guess it’s the little things!


12 Janice September 15, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Love that you and your hubby can relax together for your TV time! That is great. :)


13 Stacey September 15, 2010 at 10:19 pm

I love the story 5 Minutes Peace! I read it to my kids and now they understand what I mean when I say I need 5 Minutes Peace!


14 Mozi Esmes Mommy September 18, 2010 at 1:20 am

I get up at 5 am to get some ME time! :)


15 Nataliya September 21, 2010 at 10:01 am

I’m a mother of four children, and I can tell that I have no free time for myself at all. Besides the family, I work as an employee, continue my education in college, and manage our family business. However, I do many different activities with my children and count this time as a free time for myself.


16 Dane September 22, 2010 at 3:54 am

I’m a Single mom of 2 and my boys are giving me some hard time they eat a lot of my time.


17 Momzine September 23, 2010 at 8:24 pm

I was wondering just this the other day! I have been trying to no success to mediate for just 15 minutes, but as you mentioned 5 mins. is impossible to manage. Its like I can not go far enough and lock enough doors to avoid the inevidable “Mom! Can you…” It is usually find something so you know you won’t get that peace until ‘it’ is found so then you are of to find ‘it’, do this and then next thing you know it, its bedtime and again no time for mom!! Boohoo right? But I was thinking if there were a capsule in my house, the gym, my salon, my massage place or anywhere I know my children will be in a safe place while I were to get my ‘five minutes’ I think it would be a life changer!! Some safe place that no sound could come in and did indeed lock without anyway for the outside to intrude, I do believe the world would change forever….


18 Stephen Dave October 13, 2010 at 12:05 am

I am a single dad and I know it is hard for me to find five minutes for myself. I like the idea of the commenter above that said that they would get up at 5am for some me time. I might have to try that. :)


19 maria March 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm

definitely take time to myself. I get pedicures once a month, I have a monthly card game with the girls and I belong to a wine group. I think it’s important to have some grown up time!


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