Whether you are busy raising kids, working full time (or both), you can and should make time to take care of yourself each day. It’s amazing what a little time spent nourishing yourself can do for your spirits. I have been a better wife and mother, and a happier person since I started taking a little time for myself each day. It’s not always easy to make that happen, so that’s where the power hour method comes in.
I first read about the power hour method over at The Blissful Mind blog. The article I read recommended adding an hour to your morning to start the day off on a better foot. I was very intrigued by the idea of the power hour. Essentially, the idea is to spend 20 minutes nourishing your body, 20 minutes nourishing your mind, and 20 minutes nourishing your soul. I really liked the idea behind this, but I knew I couldn’t find an hour long chunk in my day (or have the will power to wake up an hour earlier).
What I recommend for all the busy moms and busy ladies out there who can’t find an extra hour in their day, is to split up the 20 minute segments, and disperse them throughout the day. Perhaps you can wake up 20 minutes earlier and squeeze in some me-time then. Or perhaps you can do 20 minutes during a break at work, during nap time, or right after you get home from work. And maybe you can find 20 minutes right after the kids go to bed, or right before you go to bed.
How I Make it Work for Me as a Busy Working Mom
I generally put in one 20 minute segment right after I get the kids on the bus (before I start working), and 40 minutes after I get the kids to bed at night.
The idea is to nourish your body, mind, and soul, so you can have more balance and happiness in your day. The beauty of the power hour method is that it’s built around doing things you love, things that feed your soul. It’s something to look forward to and add joy to your day. I have found that I have been happier, more mindful, and more patient with my kids since I started doing the power hour daily.
Here are some ideas to get you started, but remember, the list is really endless. If you enjoy it, make it a part of your power hour!
- Meditate (the Headspace app can be helpful for meditating if you enjoy guided mediations, or don’t know where to begin with meditation)
- Read a non-fiction book
- Research or read more about something you are interested in
- Learn a new language or skill
- Do Sudoku or other mind games/puzzles
- Make a list or journal entry to clear out your mind and get everything down on paper
- Learn photography
- Color in an adult coloring book (or any coloring book for that matter)
- Pray or read something you find spiritually inspiring
- Bake or cook
- Read a novel
- Listen to an uplifting podcast
- Read an inspiring article, blog, or book
- Make new goals for yourself (and write them down with my free printable goal planning worksheet)
- Start a new DIY project
- Do something crafty
- Write a letter to a friend or family member
- Call someone you’ve been meaning to reach out to
- Go for a walk
- Do some yoga or Pilates
- Get in a good workout (Try one of my free 20 minute bodyweight workouts!)
Have you ever tried the power hour method? Let me know if you give it a try and how it works out for you! I would love to hear from you in the comments below 🙂