So much of motherhood is about giving to others. While I love pouring myself into my family, I've learned that I simply can't do it all—especially if I don't find ways to pour back into myself.

When we started sheltering at home as a family, I realized that so many of the self-care tactics and rituals I had made for myself over the years were suddenly out of reach. Without my usual escapes or breaks that allowed me to recharge, I had to get creative when it came to finding a little time for myself.

Fortunately, I found a new habit that gave me the brain break I so desperately needed. At least once a day, whether it's during naptime or right after my girls go to bed, I spend 30 minutes alone with my favorite show. For 30 minutes, it's up to me what I watch. It's up to me how loud the volume is. And no one asks me to get them a glass of water or a snack the minute the show starts.

HBO Original's Big Little Lies

And when it comes to choosing the perfect "me time" show? HBO Max is my partner in crime. Sometimes I crave something light, like a throwback Friends episode. (The ones where Rachel has her baby are recurring classics after a tough day of mom-ing.) Other times, I want a little intrigue and cue up an episode of HBO Original's Big Little Lies or The Undoing. I love their series because they give me an entertaining break in my day, allowing me to immerse myself in an evocative storyline, an unexpected thriller or a comedy I can watch again, and again. In either case, I get 30 minutes to an hour devoted exclusively to the self-care I need in this challenging season of life.

Just like screen time has become a necessary tool for occupying my children during the pandemic, I've realized it's just as important for my own mental health. So when I'm feeling stressed, I slip into something cozy, press pause on the stress of the day and recharge with a show just for me.

New and returning subscribers can save over 20% when they prepay for the first 6 months of HBO Max this holiday season. Sign up for HBO Max today!

Offer valid from December 3, 2020 to January 15, 2021. Terms and conditions apply. For complete details, including eligibility restrictions and auto-renewal terms that apply after your discounted subscription period expires, visit