Recharging Your Batteries
I am tired. Being a decent wife, mom, full time employee, friend, and overall decent human being is hard work. At the end of the day I’m often running on fumes. The mode of constant busyness is not only exhausting, it’s unhealthy. One of my goals this year was to implement a self-care routine. I vowed to take better care of myself so I can take better care of my family. My self-care routine consists of taking at least 20- 30 minutes a day, for myself. This time is for me to connect with my own thoughts and feelings or to simply just be. This time isn’t about the kids or the hubs, it’s all about me. Exercise is not included in my self-care routine, because I feel that it’s just human maintenance. If I had to rate my progress so far, I would give myself a B-minus. I’m an overachiever, so I will continue to reach for an A+.
Some of you may be thinking, I don’t have 30 minutes a day to take care of myself. There is too much to do. I have to fold the clothes, clean the toilets, go over homework, and (insert never ending list here). Listen, you really do have to add yourself into the equation. You can start small and build up to 30 minutes or more.I’m going to share with you a few ways I clear my head and attempt to take care of myself. I encourage you to try as many as you can.
- Wednesday Bath – Every Wednesday I run myself a nice bath. This magical bath takes place after the kids are in bed. I fill up my big tub, add a bath bomb and bubbles, dim the lights, and turn on my favorite music. And I just sit there, for about 30 minutes or so. It is GLORIOUS!
- Warm PJ’s – Do you know what makes a quick shower at the end of the day better? Slipping into warm pajamas. Before you turn on your shower, throw your PJ’s in the dryer. I promise you will thank me.
- Read a Book – I’m an avid reader. Reading has always calmed me down. Sometimes when I put the kids to bed, I sit in their room and read. When I look up, 30-40 minutes have passed.
- Warm Cup of Tea – I love tea! I swear it makes everything better. A warm cup of team with lemon, mint and honey is a great way to end the day.
- A Nice Glass of Wine – I am by no means a wine connoisseur, but I do enjoy a nice glass of wine. It doesn’t have to be expensive, just something to awaken your senses.
- Go to Bed Early – My kids go to bed at 8:00pm sharp, with very few exceptions. When I’m having a hard day, I will quickly shower and jump in bed by 8:15pm. I wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day.
- Watch Your Favorite Show – Sometimes you just need a temporary escape. Tune in to your show of choice. I can watch Cupcake Wars for hours.
- Listen to Music – Make a play list of your favorite songs. Music is an instant mood booster.
- Take a Day –Once a quarter, I take a Tiffany day. I stay home from work, the kids go to school, the Hubs heads into the office. I do whatever I want for the entire day! I’ve gone to museums and wandered for hours. I’ve treated myself to a double feature that does not involve animated characters. I’ve splurged on a Groupon and treated myself to a massage and a facial. I’ve also done nothing at all. A Tiffany (Susan, Nina, Tameka, or whatever your name is) Day is worth it.
Look, you deserve this time. Hell, you’ve earned this time. Leave some of the never-ending tasks for tomorrow. Recharge your batteries. If you are still having trouble practicing a little self-care, remember you can’t pour from an empty cup.
Take Care Ladies, Seriously ,Take Care!