You always hear about how all of us need to carve out a little me time in our lives, but why is it such a big deal? Me time not only relieves stress, allows you to recharge your batteries and sparks your creativity, it can also make you a happier, healthier and better mom.

Stress relief

Stress can do some serious damage to your physical, emotional and mental health. Stress can lead to a host of issues, such as high blood pressure, obesity, headaches and depression. Stress can also cause premature aging or gastrointestinal problems, and it can even worsen diseases such as diabetes and cancer. Me time can be a fantastic opportunity to relieve stress and give your mind and body a much needed break.

Creativity

Being overstressed and overworked can deplete your creativity and focus. Taking some time out for yourself — even 15 minutes every day — can increase your concentration, rejuvenate your imagination and inspire you again.

Clarity

As a mom, every day you make decisions that affect your life and all those around you. Sometimes they are very important and difficult judgment calls. A little me time lets you get some clarity. It gives you the quiet time you need to mull over your options and make the right decisions for yourself and your family.

Family

Me time doesn't just affect you, it can also affect your whole family. Allowing yourself some personal time will ensure that you are happy and healthy enough to take care of your partner and your kids. The stress relief will also put you in a better mood and the frame of mind necessary to handle the pressures of being super-mom every day.

Whether your me time consists of a standing weekly appointment at the spa or just waking up 15 minutes early every morning to read the newspaper, it's important that you carve out that time for yourself. If you think you don't have time for me time or feel guilty for taking time away from your family, think again. You can actually incorporate your me time into your errands or other necessary activities. For example, if your car needs an oil change, bring along a book and read it in the lobby while you wait. If you are committed to volunteering, your charity projects can give you the time and space you need. Even your daily commute to the office can be your "me time."

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