First, you need to decide that it's ok to take some time for yourself. It will feel uncomfortable - push through that feeling. You deserve some "me time". We all do. It took me a long time to realize and accept that it was ok. I've actually gotten rather good at it!
So what five things can you do for yourself right now that don't cost a mint and won't take you hours?
Seems simple enough but what I really mean is, send the kids with your husband, turn on some music, light some candles, put a cup of epsom salt and 2 drops of lavendar oil in the tub and go soak. If you don't want to listen to music, pick up a book and start reading. You need to spend some time in the tub and really, REALLY relax.
#2. Read a book
Ok, you can't sneak away to the tub. Grab a book and head to your bedroom. Or carry a book with you to work and find a place to read for 20 to 30 minutes a day. Losing yourself in a story is a great way to destress. My favorite indulgence these days is listening to audiobooks. Check out www.audible.com to see what they have. I think you'll be surprised. I find that there are times when I can't silence my mind enough to focus on reading a book but listening to a book is a whole different experience.
Do you enjoy crafting but never have the time to indulge in it? I keep a skein of yarn, a pattern and a crochet hook on my night stand. The satisfaction of making progress on a project is emence even if it is slight progress. I love to crochet - as a matter of fact, I have a yarn addiction. I also love to sew but my sewing machine is too big for my night stand! ;) JoAnn Fabric, Craftsy and Pinterest have great, free projects.
#4. Go shopping
ALONE. Enough said. Ok - not enough. Go somewhere other than Walmart or the grocery store. Go to a craft store or that little gift shop you don't dare to take the kids in. Wander around - you don't have to buy anything - just enjoy yourself.
It doesn't have to be a complicated workout video. You need something to get your body moving. A beginner yoga video or a stretching video. Set your alarm 15 minutes earlier and get up a couple of times a week to do the video.
Happy Friday Soul Sisters!!!!