I’m writing this post from my bathtub. Seriously. After an incredibly busy day, including a Santa pancake breakfast, the Ugly Sweater Run, and a Fresh Beat Band concert, Momma needs a little “me time”. Whether it’s because of the holidays or just the craziness of life, I’m finding more and more lately that time for myself is an absolute necessity.
After I had my son in 2009, a short 15 months after having my daughter, I had a VERY difficult time having two babies. I decided to see a therapist who insisted that I make some time for myself. She recommended I choose one night a week to get out for a couple of hours. Week after week, I objected, questioning how one measly night could make any of the chaos of the rest of the week more bearable. Finally, when I was at my wit’s end, I decided to take her advice. My husband was completely on board because at that point, he just wanted me to be a little less crazy. 🙂 Not really knowing what to do with my free time, I grabbed my laptop, swung by Dunkin’, and went to the local library. I sat in a cubby, sipped on my hot chocolate, and caught up on trash TV on my laptop. I was only gone for a couple of hours, but it was HEAVEN. And, as my therapist said it would, it rejuvenated me and gave me the reserves I needed for the entire week. That quickly became my new Wednesday evening routine, and I looked so forward to my library visits.
So now, five years later, I still crave that “me time” and know that it’s crucial to my sanity. I no longer go to the library to escape; a bubble bath with my Kindle and a cup of tea is perfect. With the fan running in the bathroom, I have no idea what’s going on outside of this room, but I know my hubby has it under control.
We moms often put everyone else’s needs before our own and we’re left feeling exhausted, frustrated, and depleted. That’s not good for us or for our families. I encourage and challenge you to make time for yourself. Whether it’s attending a fitness class, grabbing a coffee and sitting in a parking lot with a magazine, or hiding away in a bubble bath, Make.The.Time. I promise you – you will feel rejuvenated and better equipped to handle the craziness. Do as I am right now and ignore the piles of dishes, mounds of laundry, and that friggin elf who needs to be incorporated into an elaborate scene. It will all be there when you get out of the tub or home from a quick escape.