Commitment to Self

So last week I made a commitment to myself to start taking time for me. Well, I did just that. Sometimes it’s hard for us moms to make time for ourselves, but it’s very needed.

On this past Friday, I got a massage and pedicure. A lot of times I don’t do anything for myself because of time, but also because of money. I’m a frugal person. Some may say cheap. I don’t like paying full price for ANYTHING. If I can use coupons, discounts, or whatever, I do it! So in true fashion, for my massage and pedicure, I visited a local college. The prices are lower than going to the spa with the same effect. It was so relaxing. It had been a long time since my last massage. I think I even fell asleep and snored a little. LOL.

For my emotional sanity, I needed to take time to do the things I enjoy. I was able to relax a little. I can truly say setting the time aside for myself has paid off. My stress level is down; at least for this week. Can I carve out a little time for myself every week? I think so. It won’t be weekly massages or pedicures, but I can certainly give myself an hour or so a week to do a home manicure, read a book, or just take a 30-minute nap. Whatever I decide to do, the point is that I’m committing to take time for myself!

As an added bonus, I’m actually away from home this week on a business trip. Yep, all alone. I don’t like being without my family, but I’m going to take the down time as a blessing. I’ll have work sessions during the day, but the evenings are all mine to just do whatever I want to do. I’m able to sit by the beautiful water fountain right now and finalize this blog.

At the end of the day, I love my kids and I love my husband, and I love me! Taking time for myself is about self preservation, good health, and mental rejuvenation. I don’t want to be that mom who is so stressed out due to the responsibilities of life that I cause everyone around me to not want to be around me. This is where the old cliche, “Let go and let God”, comes into play for me. I’ve got to give my stresses over to Him. It’s tough to do at times because I want to be in control, but honestly, I cannot control anything. It would definitely be a load off my shoulders, so I’m going to work towards letting go. My hope is that letting go will reduce my stress level and I can reclaim some of the joy I used to have.

Commit to take time for you; your sanity depends on it!

Happy Relaxing.

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