This week we’ve been talking about giving ourselves permission to be a little bit selfish as moms, and as the week comes to a close I though it would be fun to share simple, small ways we all took care of ourselves this week. I’ll start:
1. I stopped.
My usual work-at-home routine is to write in the morning from the time I get the bigger kids off to school until the baby wakes up, spend the late morning/early afternoon dealing with housework/lunch/kid stuff, and then work again from when Clara goes down for her nap around 1:30 until about 4:00, when the big kids start getting home. (This is why so many of my blog posts are published right around 3:30 in the afternoon.)
But several days this week, I just ran out of steam around 3. I don’t know if it’s the cold weather (argh) or that my sleep is getting interrupted or if I’m fighting something off or what, but I just felt tired and run down, and done. (No! I’m not pregnant!) So I gave myself a break…and stopped for the day. It felt good.
2. I slept.
Twice last week I asked my husband to totally take over the morning rush so I could get an extra hour of sleep. Yes, my seven-year-old came home with his hair sticking up in every direction (“Dad was going to brush it, but I guess he forgot) wearing jeans with holes in the knees, but hey–I got to sleep until 8:45. Totally worth the embarrassment.
3. I asked for help.
This was the week of asking others to give me a break. From shifting interview appointments around because keeping the original date and time was going to cause me too much stress to pull off, to delegating more chores to family members, this week I was pretty good about getting the things I needed to get done without killing myself in the process.
How about you? What are some ways you were nice to yourself this week?
This has been a busy week! Here are some posts you might have missed:
- There’s just one day left in my giveaway of a spot in Christine Carter’s Raising Happiness class ($250 value)
- Is that pastime feeding your soul, or just passing the time?
- I wrote about my ambivalence over being “done” having babies and how sometimes, taking care of yourself means being brave enough to move on
- Check out this fantastic interview with mom of four, well known blogger, and now producer/director Stephanie Precourt