Give Yourself A 'Back To School' Break Mom -Please!
The kids have gone back to school and for many of us that means time in the house alone. Although these 6 hours for me seem to go faster than the other 18 hours in the day, they can be very productive. I find myself working against the clock, putting the house back together after the boys leave for school, food shopping, cleaning, running errands, doing the wash, oh yeah and working a full time job from home! I, like you I’m sure, am exhausted when 3pm hits. Then the fun really starts, homework, getting the boys to sports, making dinner, helping with homework, and cleaning up again! I flop into bed at night during the school year and I'm asleep before my head hits the pillow.
While this may sound like complaining, I’m not. My life is full, it's happy and I cherish this time with my boys. My first-born started high school this year, so I’m quickly realizing how fast it all goes. The other thing I realize is that I haven’t enjoyed much "me time" during the 6 hours I have each weekday. I never just watched a movie on a rainy day, took a nap or rode out to see that really cool market about an hour from my house. It's why I am sharing this with you now- don't do the same thing! Of course, I’m not advocating naps and movies everyday, the country would come to a grinding halt if Moms stopped producing at 200%. However, I AM saying, you should have some FUN, once in a while. Take a day to play and enjoy an activity you love or just recharge and reset, by checking out for a few hours.
Give yourself permission and JUST DO IT! Need some inspiration, see below. If you already have some great ways to take a break, please share them with us here - the more inspriation the better!
- Head to a bookstore and sip a latte and read for a few hours
- Take in movies - several towns and cities have am screenings just for Moms!
- Head to a museum.
- Listen to a free lecture.
- Paint, Draw, Dance, or Shop
- Watch a movie in bed -head to MyLifetime.com for a daily movie schedule.
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