In watching Monday’s “Oprah” I realized that I have been neglecting myself. She talked about her weight gain over the last year or so and attributed it to, not eating too much, but not taking time for herself. I can relate. I’m sure you can relate also.
Moms of all kinds put ourselves last. We keep those spare hours for our kids and our families, leaving little to no time for ourselves.I’m guilty of this. I’ve been meaning to get a much deserved pedicure, but keep putting it off. After work is not an option because I need to make it home for dinner and time with my son before he goes to bed. Saturday is often filled with family outings or necessary errands. Sunday gets filled with church, house cleaning, grocery store and other things that I neglected earlier in the week. Besides, by the time Sunday comes around the last thing I want to do is leave the house. And, for what? To get my toenails painted. I can do that myself, I say.
This is a plan to fail.
Make Time For You
On yesterday’s show, Oprah showed us her new calendar this year and how it is different than last year. She has meetings all day long with people and she’d schedule in time for herself only if there was a block of time left — most days there wasn’t. This year, she is putting herself on the calendar first. It’s about balance, she says.
We all need to do the same. So, I say take a moment now and
pencil pen in that time for you. Is it a pedicure? Time alone to go shopping? Time at a tea shop with some friends sans kids? A night away at a hotel (oh, this is a good one) — just you a bubble bath and a book? Whatever it is, be sure to put you first.