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Mommy Down Time

Published:Sunday | May 8, 2016 | 5:00 AMJody-Anne Lawrence

Mommy downtime

It is no easy task being a mother. From the day a child is conceived, a mother goes through endless changes - from the disturbing morning sickness to swollen feet and backaches, all before her bundle of joy enters the world.

Then there are the sleepless nights, the terrible twos to the defiant and rebellious teenage years. Being a mother is a full-time job. Added to that, most women are wives with a regular 9-5.

According to psychiatrist Dr E. Allen, mothers creating time for themselves is extremely important because they have to ensure they are able to take care of their children and spouses.

'Mommy time' can be used for several purposes, but one of the most important uses is to sleep or just get some rest. According to Dr Allen, this is especially important for new mothers. He adds that during this time, fathers should take extra care to assist at nights so that mothers can get some rest to deal with the newborns during the day.

Some of a mother's personal time should also be geared towards exercise. Energy and fitness work hand in hand, and mothers need all the energy possible to keep up. This does not have to mean going to the gym, but simple exercise around the house or light stretches.

Spiritual time is also vital. Meditation and prayer will help to give mothers peace of mind. Taking the opportunity to be grateful, celebrate and reflect on life helps with one's personal health and growth.

One of the most important aspects of 'me time' is recreational time - time to go out with girlfriends, have a date night with the husband or indulge in a hobby. Dr Allen notes that sometimes mothers feel left out by friends who assume that they are busy. However, they need to take the time out to have fun. Team up with other mothers and have babysitting duties or get a babysitter, but ensure you take the time out to have fun.