Have you ever heard the phrase, “Mommin’ ain’t easy?” In spite of its grammatical issues, it is definitely a true statement. Being a mom is wonderful and not easy all in the same package. While some people swear by intermittent renewals (as in, vacations or sabbaticals), I find that that doesn’t work for me. I have to be renewed by the little things each day in order to give my whole self to each day. Between responsibilities, work, kids, and home, it is crucial that I squeeze in “me” time at small points throughout the day.
#1 Meditate – Sneaking in a few moments of quiet time throughout the day is one way that I feel renewed. Silence allows me to re-organize my thoughts and redirect my day if needed. With all of the figurative”hats” that I wear, it is helpful for me to sit back and gain perspective on the day.
#2 Exercise – I have so much more energy on days where I fit in exercise than days that I do not. By taking time to exercise, I feel like I have given back to myself which allows me to give more to my family.
#3 Tackle pain at the onset – This ties in directly to exercise, but it can also tie into a long day on my feet from helping out at the school or working. After working years on my feet all day in the healthcare field, I’ve learned that tackling intermittent pain from muscle soreness is best done on the onset. This can be done a few different ways, depending on what works best.
Heat is also a known pain reliever. I keep one of these DIY Rice Heat Packs close by when I need it. They are easy to make. I use the arms of old sweaters to make it a quick project. If making one for yourself, simply grab the arm of the sweater, a sewing machine, thread, scissors, and dry white rice. Make sure the sweater arm material is a tight weave so that the rice does not fall through the material. Turn the sweater arm inside out and sew one end closed. Turn the sweater arm right side out. Fill 3/4’s of the way with rice. Turn 1/4″ of the open end into itself. Sew closed. To warm, place in the microwave for 15 seconds. Tough lightly to make sure that it is not too hot before placing directly on skin.
#4 Tea – There is just something about a hot cup of tea that makes me feel at peace no matter what is happening around me. I drink a cup of green tea with lemon at some point throughout the day and a sleepy detox blend in the evening before bedtime.
#5 Read – After taking several years off of reading due to lack of time after I had the boys, it feels great to be able to fit book time somewhere in the day. It may only be in the car pick up line at the kids’ school, but even a few minutes counts.