Wednesday, March 2, 2011

What have you done for yourself today?


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Being a mom is a 24 hours a day job. Add a full-time 9 to 5 career into the equation, and you're left with almost no time for anything else.

Going out with friends, hitting the gym, shopping, taking the children to their after-school activities, cooking and staying on top of the housework are all things we have juggle. I don't know about you, but I sure could use a few extra hours every day.

I spend as much time as I can with my family when I'm not working, because my family is always priority number one for me. However, I always try to take time for myself, too. It's so important to put yourself first sometimes, don't you agree?

It's the little things that you can do ahead of time that will give you a few extra minutes for yourself, allowing you that extra moment just for you, so you can actually sit down to drink your coffee, or go through your emails without having your little one tugging on your pants to get off the computer.

Things like:

Getting the diaper bag ready the night before.

Picking out your outfit—and your children's—the night before, too. This way, you won't be staring at your closest mindlessly in the morning!

Eating a quick breakfast—cereal, toast, juice and some fruit—every morning with your children. Don't forget the coffee!

Here are some things I always do for myself that always put me in a good mood:

Take a vacation! There is nothing a little ocean air can't cure. And building sand castles with your children is a great way to have fun!

I always find time to go to the hair salon once a week for a blow-dry. A good hair day can do wonders to a girl! If I can, I do my hair over my lunch hour, or if I need to do my hair on the weekends, I make sure to have something fun planned for my children while I'm gone.

I visit my beloved Starbucks every morning for my Grande Skinny Caramel Macchiato.

I am really relaxed with my children's bedtimes. We don't have a specific time for our children to go bed; this gives me more time with my children at night so we can read books, do crafts, and just enjoy each other's company after a busy day.

After the children go to bed, that's my time to put my feet up! Of course, after a little tidying up—that is pretty much unavoidable!

Read a book, watch mindless television (The Bachelor, anyone?) or take a long warm bath.

Whatever it is, you deserve it! Make sure to take some time for yourself everyday. I swear, it'll keep you young.

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The Empress said...

Good reminder about us.

this is where blogging has come in to my life.

It's for me: and is one of the HUGEST things to happen to me.

I can't even say, not even enough words, for how HUGE blogging has been for changing the way I felt about my days.

It's for me.

Loukia said...

OH yes, absolutely! Blogging is a pretty big part of my life too - I was just thinking I needed to blog about this very thing :)

Lady Mama said...

I've found that being organized ahead of time is key to keeping my stress down!

Things I do for me? - Get massages (although I'm overdue right now!), treat myself to coffee, clothes (every now and then), take a bath, drink a glass of wine, get an early night. Just taking time out for myself every now and then I guess...

T Rex Mom said...

And you go on some awesome vacations. But I do most of those items you say to get ahead for the next day. I love anything that makes me more efficient.

stacey m said...

i love reading as well ...!

The Mommyologist said...

It is my DREAM to get my hair blown out once or twice a week. Maybe someday??

Mommyfriend Lori said...

Loved it and totally agree. The Empress is so right too, blogging and the relationships formed therein have been a huge part of reclaiming myself.

Sarah at The Stroller Ballet said...

I so agree with all of this! (Esp. the good hair). It's so important to take a little time every day (or every week) for yourself. And organization can definitely help with that!! Great post :)

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