So, with the weekend on the way, you really need to take some time to indulge. I wanted to post this as an example of something I do for myself and now that warm weather is finally here, I can! To me, lying in a hammock is as luxurious as taking a bubble bath or getting a massage. And being able to have this view is a bonus!
First, you need to decide that it’s ok to take some time for yourself. It will feel uncomfortable – push through that feeling. You deserve some “me time”. We all do. It took me a long time to realize and accept that it was ok. I’ve actually gotten rather good at it!
So what five things can you do for yourself right now that don’t cost a mint and won’t take you hours?
#1. Take a bath
Seems simple enough but what I really mean is, send the kids with your husband, turn on some music, light some candles, put a cup of epsom salt and 2 drops of lavendar oil in the tub and go soak. If you don’t want to listen to music, pick up a book and start reading. You need to spend some time in the tub and really, REALLY relax.
#2. Read a book
Ok, you can’t sneak away to the tub. Grab a book and head to your bedroom. Or carry a book with you to work and find a place to read for 20 to 30 minutes a day. Losing yourself in a story is a great way to destress. My favorite indulgence these days is listening to audiobooks. Check out this link, get a free trial membership www.audible.com and see what they have that interests you. I think you’ll be surprised. I find that there are times when I can’t silence my mind enough to focus on reading a book but listening to a book is a whole different experience.
Do you enjoy crafting but never have the time to indulge in it? I keep a skein of yarn, a pattern and a crochet hook on my night stand. The satisfaction of making progress on a project is emence even if it is slight progress. I love to crochet – as a matter of fact, I have a yarn addiction. I also love to sew but my sewing machine is too big for my night stand! 😉 JoAnn Fabric, Craftsy and Pinterest have great, free projects.
#4. Go shopping
ALONE. Enough said. Ok – not enough. Go somewhere other than Walmart or the grocery store. Go to a craft store or that little gift shop you don’t dare to take the kids in. Wander around – you don’t have to buy anything – just enjoy yourself.
#5. Purchase an exercise video (and actually use it)
It doesn’t have to be a complicated workout video. You need something to get your body moving. A beginner yoga video or a stretching video. Set your alarm 15 minutes earlier and get up a couple of times a week to do the video.
The bottom line is this: You are important. You do a ton of things for everyone else every day without complaint. You run yourself ragged. Take some time this weekend and do one thing for yourself. It will invigorate you. At first, it will really be uncomfortable taking the time away from everyone else. Just push through the feeling and sink into the tub of water. It will be fine – it will be better than fine – IT WILL BE FANTASTIC!
Have a wonderful weekend!