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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Making Time for Me

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One weekend with the flu and mama realizes...

It has become painfully obvious that I'm lacking in the personal care I need to be the wife and mother my heart desires. I don't know how it happens. I've made myself a priority in the past. But, then I start to feel good. Refreshed and rejuvenated. Then? I begin to forget why I feel so great. Because, of course, I had been taking care of me.

I don't get sick often, but when I do it's usually because God is forcing me to lay in bed! I think I needed a good reason to do nothing. I still feel like crap, but it's wearing off. I think. 

So, this week? I'm making some small changes to make sure I get this much needed "me" treatment in somehow.

*Daily runs
*cutting back on caffeine
*Lots of water
*Time with my Savior
*And something of luxury each day.

Each day. Now, luxury to me is free. It comes in the package of silence and often happens with my door shut. Perhaps spending 30 minutes to read that novel, or paint my toes, or better yet? Get a professional pedicure. Not free, but I do have that gift card from Christmas...Mainly, I just need to recognize that not making time for me is taking it's toll.

Now that I'm aware of it, it's up to me to do something about it. Luckily, my husband is pretty supportive about me taking the time to be healthy. He knows I make a much nicer wife and mother when I take care of myself.

How about you?

What do you do to make sure you get the refresher you need?

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At February 12, 2012 at 6:06 PM , Blogger Peeper said...

I think this must be one of the hardest problems for moms to solve. Everyone else's care just seems so urgent and I typically take the lowest priority. I've had to learn to be more assertive but even with that it sometimes comes to an embarrassing point where I literally have to lose my stuff for a minute in order for the rest of the family to understand how close we are to a crisis. They always find a way to manage without me for a little while.

At February 12, 2012 at 10:24 PM , Blogger Julie said...

I'm not a mom but I struggle with this problem as well. I seem to put everyone in front of me and leave me to the end and I really need to stop doing that. But its hard because it was the way I was raised. I can only try!

At February 13, 2012 at 10:54 AM , Blogger Cindi said...

I seem to still be trying to figure this out and my kids are teens. (LoL)

At February 13, 2012 at 11:06 AM , Blogger Lisa said...

unfortunately, most of my free time is on the train in the morning -- which isn't exactly the free time I want.

At February 13, 2012 at 11:06 AM , Blogger Lisa said...

unfortunately, most of my free time is on the train in the morning -- which isn't exactly the free time I want.

At February 13, 2012 at 3:19 PM , Blogger MiMi said...

What is a

At February 13, 2012 at 3:20 PM , Blogger The Preppy Girl in Pink said...

I've returned to reading for my me time. It is a lot cheaper than most of the things I could do and I find it WAY more satisfying too! I think we all need to make sure we take better care of ourselves. When Momma is happy...everyone is happy! ;-)

At February 13, 2012 at 8:16 PM , OpenID embracingthespectrum said...

I'm no good at "me" time. This right here? This is my "me" time right now. After this, I'm off to do lesson plans. Yay!

(Somebody help me...)

At February 13, 2012 at 9:59 PM , Blogger Missy said...

I'm totally with you on the luxury thing - I don't need to spend money to have luxury. A few minutes alone is quite luxurious some weeks!

At February 14, 2012 at 10:40 AM , Blogger Barbara said...

I am so lucky that my husband lets me have time to myself and he takes care of the kids. Sometimes it's a simple as an hour in our bedroom with a glass of wine and the laptop.

At February 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM , Blogger Charlotte said...

Taking time for yourself is so incredibly crucial, but hardworking mommas so rarely do. They make everyone else their priority... and then sometimes they suffer for it. I'm glad you are starting to do things for yourself, too!


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