The Importance of “Me” Time
With all this running, when do we have time to stop and take that minute to breathe?
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My favorite “me time” is the time I spend at the salon having my hair done. Granted, this is a luxury and I only get to do it once every six weeks, but I always make a big deal about it even though my husband probably thinks I’m silly for doing so. If you are thinking that six weeks between “me sessions” is quite a long time, you are correct. I try to take a little time for myself on a daily basis and most of the time it happens, but sometimes it doesn’t. If you can allot yourself 5 to 10 minutes a day to simply tune out and turn off all the noises in your world, you’ll be doing yourself and your kids a great service.
You’ll need help and you’ll probably need to schedule your “me time” around your family’s schedule. Talk to your spouse about taking some time for yourself each day when he is available to help. Make sure he knows that he needs to keep the kids from bothering you and let him know how much time you’ll need. During this time you can take a short catnap, sit outside and daydream, go for a walk, or read something to take your mind off the world around you. The idea is to tune out as much as possible. Let those brain muscles heal and rest. I run around a lot during the day doing errands and talking with my kids and other parents so when I take my few minutes of down time, I just want to lie still and be quiet. It’s entirely up to you what you want to do with your time, but it’s important that you make the time for you.
If you don’t have someone around to help you with this, you may need to put your kids down for a nap or have a house-wide quiet time for everyone. It may not be as relaxing because you are still on alert, but if you make it a regular part of your routine, everyone will become accustomed to it. It’s something we all need. Even the kids can learn to appreciate some quality down time; especially when it means that Mommy is happier and healthier.
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