Take Time.

Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.

Have you taken any time recently to have a little relaxation?

What I consider relaxation varies from day to day and can take on many different shapes.

One day it might be making an effort to drink my morning cup of coffee while it's ALL still hot.

Other moments, I crave a pedicure.  Some weeks almost demand a massage (please tell me you've had one before?).  Other times it is simply getting 10 minutes to lay in the grass and stare up into the sky, uninterrupted.

There are times that I run a hot bath, with fizzy stuff and attempt to read a book, but most times I get too hot and crabby after 5 minutes and end up sitting in front of a fan, without having gotten any chapters read from the book.

I think that we all need a break from the go-go-go and the to-do list.  It sounds obvious, right?  Of COURSE we all need a reprieve from the daily grind ... but how often do we really make an effort to do it?

Can you remember the last time you set aside the obligations of the day, of the week and just set aside time for YOU?

I get my best ME time when I'm writing, journaling and listening to music.  I often explore last.fm or Pandora to educate myself on new-to-me music.  When I can think clearly enough to plan ahead, I also very much enjoy pilates or yoga for some head-clearing time to myself.

Since this whole overseas relocation started, I have also taken to more regular pampering exercises, often at the suggestion of my Husb.

When I don't take time for myself, I can almost watch myself fall apart, lose patience with those around me and forget where I should be focused on.

Lots of moms I talk to say that they don't make time for themselves, because they feel spoiled.  They say its wasteful to take that time, get a pedicure and not be with their kiddos.  I'm not spoiled, I'm just hoping for a more balanced life, and a happier momma.

I have really needed to make a conscious effort through this process to set aside time for myself.  I wish I was able to help Todd carve out some time from his busy schedule to get some "Todd time" ... we sure all need it!  Hoping to have that high on my list of priorities when we finally arrive in Delhi ... helping him take time and focus on himself a bit more!

5 of you said:

Deb said...

I haven't scheduled that well-needed massage yet, but I am going to the salon tomorrow for a full-head highlight, cut, style & eye brow wax. To me, a couple hours at the salon is my "spa time" full of relaxation. People ask how an eye brow wax can be relaxing -- I find that it is because I don't have to do it myself:) Thanks for your post...we moms do have to remember to take care of ourselves!!

Managed Chaos said...

What a wonderful reminder to take care of yourself first. It's so logical, yet so easy to forget. I must admit that I've felt much better since I've taken the time to exercise (by myself...without the interruption of kids). And my nightly indulgence into the interweb is so refreshing. No I just need to figure out time to get a massage...it's been at least a year...WAY too long (never been to Alicia's...will have to check that out).

Anonymous said...

Hmm...Wat I love most is reading newspapers in peace with a cup of coffee on saturday & sunday morning!!

Naomi wen u move to delhi you could try the Asian Root Spa in Safdarjung Enclave...a women's only Spa their massages are mind blowing without being too expensive like the 5-star hotel ones


Kristen said...

I agree - this is such an important part of being a better, more well rounded person. If mama isn't relaxed and happy, no one is relaxed and happy!
Great post, as always, Naomi!

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