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As the Mom of a two year old and a three year old, I have devoted nearly every waking moment of the last three plus years to caring for these little people that God has entrusted to my care. And somewhere along the line, I forgot that in order to properly take care of them, I need to take care of me. I realized one day, when I looked in the mirror, that I had done what many new Moms do… I became so focused on being their MOM that I replaced my ME time with MOM time. I forgot that amidst all of those moments that I spend on them, I need to carve out a few minutes for ME.
Until recently, that is. I don’t know what flipped the switch, but the light bulb went on. I realized that if I fail ME, I fail my family. I realized that taking time for myself is NOT selfish; it is necessary. So, now I take it. I can’t afford not to.
How am I taking time for myself? I’ve started doing some of the things I love again…
I read. I love to read, and I refuse to let my library shelf be reduced to preschool books.
I exercise. On the days that they nap (which is becoming by far too infrequent), I exercise while they sleep. On the days that they don’t, I take them to the basement with me and have them watch TV (gasp… yes, I let my preschoolers watch educational programming on PBS) or color while I exercise.
I take long hot showers and occasionally long hot baths. I ask Hubs to keep an eye out for the kidlets (if they are still awake) and lock myself in my bathroom. From time to time, I read in the long hot bath.
And this past month, I actually joined some friends for a ladies night out. Three hours, no husbands or kids aloud. I can’t tell you how rejuvenating that was! And I plan on doing it again.
So, what do you do to take time for yourself?
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