Since I was discussing Healthy Boundaries last week, I decided that I should also address something else equally important, ME time.
Now, this isn’t ONLY for mothers, this is for ALL women.
We should MAKE time for ourselves. But, I know, between any (or all) of the following: work, kids, your partner/spouse, bills, grocery shopping, and washing clothes, you are thinking, “Where do I have time for ME?”
First, let me take a step back and explain a little.
If you would have suggested to me that I needed time for myself (Me Time) when I had my first child, I would have said something to the effect of, “Why do I need that?” or “I don’t have time for that.”.
But, NOW I completely understand why it is truly important to make time for YOU.
You may be any (or all) of the following: an entrepreneur, an employee, a mother, a partner/spouse, a daughter, a chef (or short order cook, been one of those myself, LOL), a maid, a taxi driver. I could go on, but you get the point.
Those are all important titles of what you are, but they require YOU to be in tip top shape to contribute ALL of your attention and energy.
So, I am asking you to start small. Take 5 minutes (when the kids are napping, on your break at work, or even in the parking lot of the grocery store) and do something that relaxes or invigorates you.
Relaxing for you may be: reading a book, meditating, journaling, or yoga. Find whatever relaxes YOU!
Invigorating for you may be: singing and/or dancing to your favorite song, exercising, or maybe watching a positive video. Find what invigorates YOU!
Once you have spent 5 minutes relaxing, or being invigorated, you will not only feel better, but you will be more welcoming to others as you are in a better head space.
As I said, start small with 5 minutes. You can work your way up to 30 minutes. You will reap the benefits of being able to give more of yourself because you will feel renewed and reenergized.
I understand, from experience, that 30 minutes may sound unimaginable to you. But, it really isn’t.
Once you start with those 5 minutes, you will feel the difference. Try 10 minutes in a week or two, how does that feel? Move to 20 minutes in another few weeks. Before you know it, you will habitually set aside those 30 minutes for ME time. How amazing will that feel?
You should make YOU a priority of your life.
Hope you take some time today for ME time!
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