"I get as much "me" time as my husband gets to golf, which is pretty often. Although I wish it could be a bit more spontaneous, I get plenty of "me" time when I want it or ask for it -- which takes some planning for most of those "me" outings. My best advice would be to aim for once a month of "me" time, and you'll be so happy and thrilled when it happens more than that." -- Allison Griesel, mom to Brinkley, 20 months
"Volunteering is my adult time while I help in the community. I volunteer for such things as 5K runs, a parks and recreation advisory committee, PTO, etc. Exercise is a good stress reliever for me. Participating in group fitness classes, a half marathon or other race keeps my mind active, and I am working my way to being a leaner mom for both myself and my family." -- Andrea Snowden, mom to Eric and Jacob
"Sometimes, it's easier to plan for "me" time once our kids are in bed for the night. Consider choosing a Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening to do something you like to do, guilt-free." -- Caren Begun, mom to a three year old
"You just have to make it happen. I take advantage of one guilty pleasure -- a long hot bath every night! I have been doing that for over ten years, and it keeps me sane." -- Annie Perkins, mom to kids ranging in age from 13 to 30
"Burnout is sometimes tough to avoid until moms understand what energizes them naturally. With many life demands, I have learned that I need to make adjustments to my daily and weekly activities, which generate additional positive energy to keep me inspired. Through these steps, I found additional strength, courage and determination for my life journey." -- JJ DiGeronimo, mom to a three and five year old
"Me time is always a struggle for moms. The guilt about staying with your kids and being a good mom is pretty thick. I just have to make myself take some time for me. I know I'm a better mom when I'm relaxed and have had some time to decompress." -- Katy Linda, mom to a two and six year old
"My main tip for "me" time is that it's a give and take with your spouse -- everyone needs it. I give him his time to play golf or go out with his friends. In return, I get a little time each weekend or one night a week to go to the gym, get my nails done, see friends, etc." -- Elissa Ehrlich, mom to Haley, two years old
"When my kids were younger I carved out "me" time by prioritizing "them" time. Whether they napped or not, they still had plenty of time in their own rooms every day. I also shared with other moms. We would take turns watching each other's kids one day a week. I also had to decide what time of day was best for my "me" time -- early mornings before the kids got up or later at night. Then I negotiated with my spouse." -- Debbie Wood, mom to a 27 and 24 year old
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