REPOST from the Spoiled One Blog
“Me Time” has changed. Mostly because before having a child, there was no need to label it. It was just there… available and abundant. All time was me time, as there was noone else that really imposed on it in the way your baby does.
(Husbands and friends don’t count as me-time killers)
These days “Me Time” is carefully planned time. Purposely organized and probably the most magnificently fulfilling of events. Tom Ford famously stated: Time and Silence are the most luxurious things today. Never have truer words been spoken.
As a human being – and definitely as a mother, you owe it to yourself to allow periods of relaxation. Whatever it may be, it all counts to a better mental state.
The range is anywhere from uninterrupted reading of one article, to booking a weekend away somewhere. (Anywhere).
The point is you need a guilt free check out, so you can return better.
As moms, we have a million things to in a day and love being with our children to no end. But when you are granted your precious time, don’t waste it on feeling bad… Embrace and enjoy it!
My personal favourite Me Times include:
Getting my hair did. Every woman zones out when the shampoo hits their head and the magician at the salon massages the scalp, taking you to another planet. You don’t have to do it often, but do it.
Having breakfast / lunch / dinner alone. When I can, I allow yourself some time to dine alone. I promise it’s much more chic than having sweet potatoes thrown at your face and a toddler pointing and laughing. (They are mean these little people)
Date Nights (duh). Getting away for a dinner or drinks on a summer night amidst adult human beings and just hanging out like old times, is probably my favourite way to spend my Me Time. Because it’s still Me Time your guy is sharing it.
Gardening. Ok…. I don’t actually “garden” per se… but just playing in the back yard and giving it some love is something very healing. I guarantee your mind will not stray if you’re focused on that.
Drinking a glass (or three) of red wine and just staring blankly into space. We all need this ladies.
Taking a short trip. A 1-2 night getaway changes the pace gets you back refreshed and ready to rumble. And a staycation in your own city definitely counts, the important ingredient here is a HOTEL and its room service.
Painting, taking photographs, doodling, writing…. creative activities are so fulfilling and don’t even have to take long. 10 minutes spent adding to a painting is time well spent.
Me Time to ME… means no matter how large or small of a timeframe, everyone needs to shut down and come back to themselves.
Ultimately, the child wins with a centered parent. And you can’t dispute that.