Hey parenthood pals and thanks for tuning in because today’s topic is something I have struggled with ever since my daughter was born. Truth is, I’m still struggling with it. I have seen those quotes pop up everywhere on social media and maybe you have seen them too. The ones that say you were someone before you were their parent, don’t forget about who you were or something along those lines. Every time I see one, I do a quick flashback in my mind as to who I was three years ago. Now I wouldn’t trade being a parent for ANYTHING. It is truly the best experience in the world. But I do also think it is important to still take care of you and your needs too. We all need a little time to ourselves.
Before you go all crazy, (laugh) I’m going to tell you my main reason why I believe this. Have you ever heard of you can’t pour from an empty cup? I know what you’re thinking not really a profound revelation, but it is so true. If you are like me, you spend your days chasing a baby or babies, working, cooking, relaxing maybe, and then sleeping. Where is the you time in that schedule? In my life it came down to me having to pencil my me time into my day. If I want to paint my nails, I put that into my schedule. Hair appointment I have that in there too. Why you might ask? Because for me if I don’t, I know that I will make up some excuses as to why I don’t want to do it or something I should be doing instead. So right now, I want you to think of three things you could do for yourself. It doesn’t have to be weekly, monthly, just come up with 3 things that make you feel recharged, refreshed, and ready to take on the world. For me mine are getting a pedicure, painting my nails, and riding my Peloton.
Now here’s how I fit it all in. For riding my Peloton, I make sure to get up early and get to it for I know that if I don’t I either won’t want to do it or someone will be wanting to ride with me (laugh). So, I make sure to ride in the morning while she is still asleep. One to the next one, painting my nails. I always do this on Sundays in the afternoon. I use the color street nail strips. It takes me 15 minutes; they are dry immediately and last for 15 days although I always change mine out weekly. The last thing I always make sure to schedule for myself is a pedicure. I don’t get a pedicure every month but when I notice my last pedicure starting to fade, I make a point to schedule one. I got to a spa and salon near me where they play relaxing music, serve snacks and drinks, and provide a calming atmosphere that is good for my soul. Every time I go, I get about an hour to relax and rejuvenate. Thank goodness for my amazing hubby who watches Aria and encourages me to go enjoy some me time.
So now is the time to think about ways you can get some rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation. What is one thing you wish you could do if you had the time? What is something you used to do before becoming a parent that you would like to do again? Then you have to make the plans. Find someone to watch the kids, make your plans, and go. I know it may be easy for me to tell you to go, but I know from experience, that if you give yourself an excuse you will never go. It is amazing how much better and more refreshed you will feel when you take some time for yourself.
I am so glad that you chose to listen to this episode today. I would love to know what spoke to your most today and what you chose to do for yourself. Let me know on the Building Blocks for Tiny Tots Podcast Facebook page. I’ll see you on the next episode, parenthood pals.