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Let's face it – moms get the short end of the stick. We tend to everyone else's needs, and only when everyone else's needs have been tended to do we get time for ourselves. From my experience, that “me” time never comes until you make it a priority.
I spent years in this viscous cycle of ignoring my own needs in favor for caring for everyone else. I became frazzled, anxious and generally not fun to be around. Then one day I woke up to the fact that I needed to make caring for myself a priority. There's no way I could keep caring for everyone else if I didn't start caring for myself.
So I set some goals for myself. I did a lot of reflection and soul searching to figure out what I needed to change in my life to get my wellness back on track. And I have been making changes ever since. It has been a year since this awakening happened, and every day I feel like things in my life are changing for the better.
If you're in that same place of feeling frazzled, burnt out and uncared for, it's time to make a change. You can make one change at a time, but you have to start making changes. You are important and your needs must be addressed. It's critical for your wellness and for your family.
Here are some “me time” things you can do just for you on your path to wellness:
Get More Exercise
I made excuses for so long why I couldn't exercise. There was too much housework that needed to be done. The kids needed me. I had work to do. Ultimately, I had to make the decision that my health was just as important as my to do list. So exercise went to the top of it. For me, I love the gym. I love to lift weights and do cardio on the elliptical. I also love yoga and taking walks by the lake on nice days. So those are the things I do. Find something you like doing (it may take a couple months for you to develop a love for something physical) and stick with it. It will help your overall mood and attitude as well as your physical health.
Pick Up a Book
Before kids, I read a book a week. I always had my nose in a book. After having kids, that faded away. I have made it a priority to start reading more and I've been sticking with it. I'm trying to alternate between a fun fiction book and a non-fiction book. I just finished Dan Brown's Inferno and now I'm onto The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron. If you like reading, pick up a book. Set aside time each day for you to read, even if you can only squeeze in 10 minutes a day.
Take a Class
Is there something you've always wanted to learn? See if you can find a local class. If not, there are so many options for online courses these days. I'm currently going to school to be a wellness coach through an online program. I also attend local classes put on by a life coach and I take painting classes as well. Taking a class is a fun way to do something for yourself while acquiring a new skill.
Explore Your Creativity
I have always considered myself to be a crafty, artful person. When I was a kid, I was always drawing or making something. As an adult, I've dabbled in everything from jewelry making to oil painting. That kind of went by the wayside when my kids were little, but I'm trying to get back into my creativity. This blog is definitely a creative outlet as well since I get to hone my writing and photography skills.
Get a Massage
Massages are more than just a luxury – they're something we all need! As moms, we work hard taking care of the kids, picking up the house, cooking dinner and, for many of us, working to support our families. Our bodies need attention so we can be at our best for ourselves and our families. We need to take care of our whole body as part of our wellness journey.
If you don't know where to go for a massage, check out Massage Envy. They provide accessible massage and skin care services that will help you take a break from your hectic daily routine to check in with yourself and give your body a tune up. They're all about total body care.
Don't you think you need to take time for yourself? Visit Massage Envy to learn how massage can become part of your “me time” routine.