7 Things To Do During Nap Time
Being a mom can be tiring! We can get so caught up in taking care of our families and homes that we tend to lose ourselves. This is something that I’ve definitely struggled with at times. When we get caught up in this but don’t take any time for ourselves, we tend to not be the best moms and wives we can be-the ones God has called us to be. So I’ve created a list of activities that I like to do during Sadie’s nap time. These are ways that I can invest in myself so that I’m refreshed and ready to love and invest in those around me.
I have found that nap time is the best time for me to invest in myself and get stuff done. I’m not a huge morning person so I only wake up about 30 minutes to an hour before my little one gets up. In the evenings, my husband is home and I want to spend time with him so I don’t get a lot of alone time (because I choose that) and I also don’t get a lot of other stuff done. So nap time presents itself as the perfect time of day for me to get stuff accomplished.
Take a bath.
Something that I really enjoy doing is taking a bath. That is my way to relax and decompress. I often will take a good book into the tub with me or sometimes I’ll move our little tv into the bathroom and I will watch Netflix. I normally do this at night time but have found that another perfect time to do this is during my little one’s nap time. By doing it at this time of the day, I’m not taking away time spent with my hubby but I’m still enjoying all the same effects!
Read a book.
I LOVE to read. My favorite type of books are fiction books. I love finding a good story line and getting lost in the book. One of my FAVORITE authors is Karen Kingsbury. You should definitely check her out! I also really enjoy books that challenge me and grow me in my faith and in myself. Nap time is the perfect time to get caught up in a good book without any distractions! It’s also a great thing that you can take into the bath with you. But sometimes, I just can’t seem to find a good book so….
Find a series on Netflix you like and watch it.
Netflix and I have a love/hate relationship. I can very easily get caught up in a TV show and then somehow end up losing my whole day! But, I love that Netflix has shows that start from season one. Nothing like being able to watch a show from the very beginning!
Take a short nap yourself.
It’s important to make sure that we are caught up on our sleep as well. Being a mom is extremely tiring some days! It’s okay to take a nap when your little ones are sleeping.
Find something you really enjoy and make time for that.
I have recently started to blog. Nap time is the perfect time for me to sit down at my kitchen table and blog. I turn on some soft music from Pandora and sit in the sunshine and let my creative juices flow. I love this time that I use for myself!
I have found that working out brings me a lot more joy than I would have ever thought. It let’s me release endorphins and gets my blood pumping. I feel so accomplished after I’ve completed a workout. Doing this at nap time ensures that I can get it in without any distractions. My personal favorite is the 21 Day Fix workout videos. They are 30 minutes and I love them! I feel challenged but can also step it back if I’m just not feeling it that day but still want to get something in.
Do something on your TO DO list.
We all have this. A list of items that you need to get done. Sometimes I have a list for a specific day and other times I have a list of something I want to get done that week or even month. Nap time is the perfect opportunity for me to get something on it checked off.
I have found for myself that I feel the best when I do a variety of these things during nap time. There are definitely days where I get caught up in Netflix and that’s all I do…for days even. But, when I do a variety of activities during nap time I am the happiest. I feel accomplished and I feel like I have invested in myself. When I am feeling this way, I can be a better mom to Sadie. Every day I want to be the best for my little one and for my husband. I want to be able to give the best of me to them and take care of them and our home in the best way possible. I want to honor the job that God has given me. I want to bring Him glory through how I live my life.
I’d love to hear from you!! What are some ways that you invest in yourself? What are some of your favorite Netflix shows? What books would recommend that are easy to get caught up in? I am always looking for new TV shows and books to read. Plus I love to hear how others are being creative and investing in themselves!!