Your child/children are asleep (or at a sitter) and you have some time to yourself…what do you do? Chores or Relax? Something for the good of the family or something for yourself? If you’re like me, I tend towards the chores and stuff that benefits the whole family. As moms, we’re used to putting other’s needs before our own, but we also need filled up. A friend of mine wrote a good blog recently about this (https://tendinghearts.blog/2017/05/28/fill-er-up/).
So, if we actually do take the time to do something we enjoy, what do you choose to do? I actually wrote a list of things I enjoy and/or that help me relax. So when I do get some me-time, I’m not trying to figure out what I should do. I look at the list and whatever sounds the best for that time, is what I do. I’m not going to lie: most times that I’m home for my little one’s naps, I do housework. However, my husband and I take turns having a night off. We picked Thursday as the “evening off” night. So one Thursday, I will have the evening to do as I please and the next Thursday, he will. This can be a social time like a girls/guys night out or something as simple as reading a book at a park or hidden in a bedroom in a comfy recliner.
Do you need some inspiration? Below is my list of things I enjoy or find relaxing:
- Girls night out
- Walking in nature
- Sitting in nature
- Drinking a glass of wine, Kombucha, hot tea or coffee depending on the time of day/year)
- Soaking in bath tub
- Taking a nap
- Listening to my alternative playlist on Spotify
- Watching an episode of Fixxer Upper
- Creating healthy snacks
- Going antiquing
- Or do a combo like: drink wine while reading a good book in nature or listen to music while crafting
If you have suggestions to add to this list, please comment! I’d love to hear your ideas!