I always stress the importance of setting aside some time just for you, but with everything that has been going on in my life, “me-time” seems a bit selfish this month. It is one of those phases where everyone seems to need a little too much of me. I’m spread too thin (like always) driving, cooking, working and giving everyone in my brood every ounce of love I can muster up.
This week, I am realizing the importance of practicing what I preach! Self-care is absolutely necessary. I like the term self-care more than “me-time.” It makes it feel more vital… like a doctor check up, so I’m all over it!
I went to a yoga class today for the first time in awhile and it was incredible to just be still, calm the noise and tune in. During stressful times, we tend to move fast to solve the problem rather than slowing down and really paying attention to what’s going on. This yoga couldn’t have come at a better time. I don’t remember the last time I was able to just stop and take a few deep belly breaths to tune in with my own body.
During our class, the yoga instructor said something that truly touched my heart: “Happiness is a natural state of being. It cannot be created and it cannot be destroyed. “
Her words reminded me that I really am a happy person. When I sat down to write this post, I didn’t want to end up with a bitch blog complaining about all the crazy things that are happening in my life. I think most of you already know some of the struggles that I’m going through. Instead, I wanted to focus on the positive; on what I am doing to heal myself and to manage the chaos around me. It’s funny how simply changing our point of view can make certain things possible. The only thing I can control is the way that I feel. So I am making the decision to focus on the good. There is a lot of it; certainly enough to overpower the bad.
Ten new ladies surprised me in my booty burn class this week. They showed up for an hour of sweat, burn and fun before heading out to a mom’s night away without any kids or hubbies. I have to admit… I was a bit jealous, and also so impressed that they were actually taking the time and finding a way to escape for a little self-care. I think taking a little time for yourself is imperative for many reasons, not just for mommy sanity.
As moms, it is important to realize that we are allowed to have needs that are solely our own; needs that we don’t have to share with everyone around us. We are always on the go, dedicating day after day to our kids and family. So I think it’s not only fair, but absolutely necessary that you honor yourself by doing something that is really fun and enjoyable! I am putting it on my list and hopefully it won’t be too long before I will be on my own little mommy getaway.
But right now, I’m focusing on a happy weekend shared with my family and some great friends. I am feeling much better and most importantly, I feel happy. I’m only two carpools away from being in my backyard, by the pool with a tabloid (guilty pleasure) and cocktail in my hand. I can’t wait!!!!! Have a beautiful weekend and I hope you do something just for you.