Some weeks I feel like I am in the movie "Groundhog Day." Get up, get dressed, make lunches, make breakfast, wake the kids, drop the kids off at school, go to work, come home, eat dinner, review homework, clean up the house from the activities of the day and go to bed. Day in and day out, this seems to be my routine. Don't get me wrong, I am thankful for all that I have. A wonderful husband, amazing kids, a job that I love and most importantly, we all have our health. But recently I was fortunate enough to experience a break from my everyday routine when I spent a weekend away with my girlfriends. Mom takes care of the family each and every day and it only makes sense that sometimes mommy dearest deserves some serious R&R herself. From the moment I boarded the plane I felt the tension release from my body. For four days my friends and I talked - no texting, no emailing, no quick phone calls interrupted by kids or dogs or even dinner. It was four days of my friends and I actually engaging with one another face to face. We talked about ourselves, tended to our needs, relaxed, ate what we wanted, when we wanted; but, most importantly, it was four days of us simply being women; not moms, not wives, not employees.
I know every May we celebrate Mother's Day and I truly appreciate how my children delight me with breakfast in bed and wonderful hand-made presents, however I think mothers really need more than one day. Whether it be a 10 minute walk around the block, an hour for a manicure, an afternoon reading a book, or a weekend away - getting some "me time" can be the most invigorating and reenergizing therapy. I for one, am going to try to incorporate a bit more "me time" into life, say at least 2 hours, every week. While I'm not sure how I'll spend these 2 hours, rest assured I'll fill them suitably (or better yet, not at all!) Stay tuned - I'll let you know how the weekly therapy goes.
That's my plan to help "fill my tank." Moms, what suggestions or methods do you use to ensure you're setting aside sufficient "me time?"
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[author] [author_image timthumb='on']#[/author_image] [author_info]Kim is a Senior Marketing Manager at House Party and has been part of the House Party team since 2008. She lives in Westchester with her 2 children, husband and her dog, a 15 year-old pug. She loves spending time with her family and reading. On the weekends she can be found in the car taking her kids to their various activities ALL DAY LONG. Her favorite movie is "The Princess Bride." One thing on her bucket list is to go bungee jumping. Kim's party tip: Don't try to balance a glass of red wine and a plate while your child is tugging on your sleeve. This is a recipe for disaster.[/author_info] [/author]