When you’re constantly giving of yourself to your employer, your significant other, your family, and various other responsibilities, it can be overwhelming. Sometimes you need some me time to restore balance — especially if you’re an introvert like myself.
That’s where I found myself not too long ago.
So one night, I left the dinner dishes in the sink and took some time for me. I worked out — something I hadn’t done in I don’t even know how long. And I surfed the web, indulging in dream shopping for our future.
The next day, I awoke feeling refreshed and excited and ready to face the day head-on — despite being awakened multiple times during the night.
It’s amazing what a little battery recharge can do to keep your spirits going. Of course, I don’t recommend forgoing your responsibilities every evening. I know I certainly won’t. If I did, I would need balance in the other direction. The dishes do need my attention occasionally. And it’s important to care for those around you, especially within your family.
Taking time for myself was something I didn’t do well as a young stay-at-home mother raising my kids. Me time was at the very bottom of my priority list. I can’t help but wonder now if I would have been a better mom had I made me time a higher priority.
Christian, wife, mother of 5, breast cancer survivor, marathon finisher, writer and editor, author of "Help! I'm a Science Project"