A Realistic 6 Step Guide To Finding Time For Yourself
I’ll choose to ignore your laughter. It does happen that on occasion you get the opportunity for some ‘me’ time. In my experience it is best to be prepared for such eventualities so that they don’t pass you by.
1. If Someone Offers To Babysit Take Them Up On It
Run out the door, if only for a half an hour. It might only be a walk in the park that you end up going for, but it’s a walk in the park without pushing anything, answering fourteen questions about how grass grows or wondering where in fact they have gone…
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2. Too Much To Do At Home?
Leave it there, trust me, you could have a sparkling palace and still return to it thinking that you have walked into the wrong house. Seriously, why did anyone think that sand inside was going to be a good idea…?
3. Getting Organised
Run all the errands ahead of time, this is the only way to make sure that the me time that you do manage to negotiate doesn’t get hoovered up buying birthday cards, dinner making, post office queuing on pension day… You promised yourself that twenty minutes lying in a quiet darkened room and you are entitled to it. Prioritise yourself.
4. Redefining ‘Me’ Time
I think it was Homer Simpson who said, the key to success is low expectations.* Not generally considered a role model for parents, it nonetheless reminds me that sitting in the car in a car-park for fifteen minutes with a latte from a well-known coffee chain after doing the big shop can be as valuable in terms of its ability to revive me as a whole hour in a spa. Not only is it time effective, it’s a lot cheaper.
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5. Getting Back In Touch With Yourself
Remember back before you had kids? No? Right, well let me fill you in. You were your own person, and you had music that you liked, films, hobbies. Rediscover the things that brought you happiness then and don’t lose touch of them this time. It might only be half a Gossip Girl episode, but it’s what works for me. XOXO.
6. Make It Regular
Like the idea of showering without a volley of knocks and questions about how water is turned into rain? Enjoyed holding that magazine on a coffee outing sans kids? If there is a possibility that you can make it a regular thing, do. I don’t know about you guys, but the more regular my me time, the less stressed I am at home. On the basis that it benefits everyone, go forth and start planning! *Maybe it wasn’t, but that’s the last person I know who said it.
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