Finding “Me” Time

Posted on | February 16, 2011 | 3 Comments

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Finding time for myself is really important to me.  And it’s something that I’ve struggled with from the very first day that my wonderful son came into my life.  How do you balance? How do you make sure to do things for yourself in the midst of being everything to someone else? It’s one of the hardest things I’ve had to learn since becoming a mother.  I don’t, by any stretch of the imagination, have everything figured out.  On most days, I’m lucky if I figure anything out.  But I have learned a lot about balancing time lately and I thought I’d pass along some of the things I’ve learned. Here goes… three ways to score some “me” time even in the craziest of days:

First, never underestimate the power of taking your kid for a walk. Sure, that makes them sound like a dog, but maybe that’s okay. J is only 17 months old. Although he couldwalk alongside me, it is faster and much more enjoyable for me if I plop him in a stroller and happily pretend I’m pushing a shopping cart at Sephora rather than hoofing it around the neighborhood. You can even put in earphones if you need musical interlude, although I’d suggest keeping the volume low enough that you can hear if your child starts yelling something totally inappropriate like “POO POO!” loud enough for the neighbors to hear. (Sure, your kid is technically with you, but you can’t really see him through the stroller seat.)

Second, keep a book by your bed. I know, it sounds simple. But just by keeping a book next to my bed, I’ve been much more consistent about picking it up and reading a chapter rather than flipping on the television.  Maybe television is your go to, and that’s fine… keep the remote by the bed.  For me? Nothing makes me feel quite as complete as actually finishing a really good book. If you’re a writer, keep a journal by the bed. Get yourself in the habit of going to bed just thirty minutes earlier than you normally do and in that thirty minutes, treat yourself to whatever your guilty pleasure is.

Third, if you are a working mom like me, DO NOT GIVE UP YOUR LUNCH BREAK.  It is so easy to say “I’ll work through lunch to get more done.” It is easy to say “I’ll just eat at my desk.” Listen to me. That little voice telling you to eat at your desk is the devil.  It wants you to be miserable. Tell that voice to shut up and take yourself out to lunch.  Take your lunch to a park.  Eat at your desk but then drive to a park and go for a walk. Read a book. Treat yourself to a manicure. You have an hour break with no children screaming at you. You have no dog to walk or feed. You have no husband to tend to. It is just you. Do NOT give up that time.  

It’s not much. I know that. But when you’re a working mother, you have to take every minute you can get. It’s a hard thing to learn, but honestly even if you just tell someone “LOOK! I need twenty minutes, some yummy smelling bubble bath, a glass of wine and Danielle Steele! GIVE ME MY BATH TIME” you are going to feel amazing afterwards. And you know what they say… if Momma ain’t happy, ain’t NOBODY happy. So take time every day to make sure  you’re making you happy. Even if it’s just on your lunch break.

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Comments

3 Responses to “Finding “Me” Time”

  1. Toni
    February 16th, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. I am grateful to have a gym at work, so if I don’t eat lunch with a friend I go to the gym and read my Kindle on the Elliptical machine. I never want to leave! And after I put my son to bed at night, I always read or indulge in some guilty pleasure TV. The chores can wait.

  2. KLZ
    February 16th, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

    That settles it, I’m going out for lunch.

  3. Jennifer
    February 16th, 2011 @ 6:52 pm

    That lunch one is so true. I do that all the time.

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