When I take that time to recharge I am a better person, a better wife, a better Mom, a better daughter, a better...you get the picture.
So every so often I spoil myself.
When we were living on a much more limited income these times were a little different but I still managed to find me time.
1. Take time to get your hair done.
I try to go to the stylist about every 4 months or so. It depends sometimes more time passes sometimes less. If we have something that we are doing that I know I want my hair to look nice I will try and book my appt for around that time.
When our income was significantly less my sister and I would buy boxed dye and dye our own hair. Then my trips were only needed for a trim.
Now our resources are a bit better so I can afford to go and get the whole shubang done. (However even with that my stylist is my very good friend and I get a huge discount).
However I will admit it was fun getting together with my sister for that time. :)
2. Take time to get out alone.
I love my family. All of them, every single one. But I NEED some me time. I love to go grocery shopping alone. I could spend hours in a grocery store.
Grocery shopping is something that you are not fond of??? Do something else. Maybe running to the bank or to get fuel or even to the store to get new (to them or brand new) clothes for the family. Whatever is your favorite try and do it every so often alone. Its a treat trust me. :)
3. What a movie all alone.
This may seem a little crazy and trust me I know how hard it can be, but sometimes a good movie (for me it would be a great romance) alone, maybe with some tears involved is just what the doctor ordered. I totally know that sometimes this is next to impossible but even if it is only in pieces it is still worth it. :)
4. Take some time and get out with your girlfriends.
I have a great friend (whom also is my stylist) that we will about once a month if it all lines up go out and spend the day together. Now she is currently kid-less so she likes to shop and I mostly window shop. We will grab our Starbucks and browse through the stores. Then sometimes dinner and a movie. I am fortunate that my youngest is old enough to be alone for several hours however if you do not have that luxury find a way. Even if it means trading babysitting time with another mom.
5. Spend date nights with hubby.
In a post soon I will give you some great date night ideas but for now I will simply say this is one of my favorite things to do.
We usually do not spend a lot of money and we tend to keep it pretty simple. (most of the time) but the important thing is we are spending time together sans our children.
Keeping our relationship strong is very important to both of us.
6. Take time to smell the roses.
I mean this figuratively. However sometimes when I just need that moment alone I step outside. I take time to surround myself in God's beauty and things slowly get set right again. I have been know to take that spare moment when they are watching tv or when they are napping just to enjoy God's paintbrush.
7. Have a relaxing bath.
This is sometimes easier said than done. My youngest is currently 14 and if I bath when she is awake she will manage to find me and invariably need something. However I still believe that soaking your stresses away in a hot tub is very therapeutic. I have been know to take a cup of coffee and go have a soak even if it is only for 15 minutes. I always feel so much better.
8. Listen to your favorite de-stress song. One of my favorites is :
It is always one that I know HE is always there for me in all my craziness. :)
Yea I know I went there. However when I am working out I am a way happier person. Not only healthier.
All my stresses get taken out by a good old sweating.
10. Spend time in His Word.
You didn't think I would leave this one out did you? What better thing to do to pamper yourself than to let Him pamper you.
If you are able to get up early then get up even .5 hour earlier and spend time reading and worshipping. I am soooooo not a morning person so I spend my time in the evening. Or even during the day even if it is only 5 minutes at a time. I am seeking help from the Lord all day every day. :)
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