Me Time. No Guilt Edition.

By Jess, Contributor

I’m very bad about taking me time.  I just don’t like doing it.  I feel bad because I’ve spent 9 hours away from my family at work.  There are only a couple of hours to hang out before the girls are in bed.  That’s only a couple of hours alone with my husband after they’re asleep.  Plus all the odds and ends that have to get done during that time.

So the idea of taking time away from the ones I love doing something for me, by myself? I feel bad.

Stupid.

I know it’s a dumb thought. Mamas need time to decompress and enjoy as much as anyone else.  And this working mama definitely does. This past week has been hectic week at work.  I even managed to work for a few during my me time (but it was totally fine).

Saturday I enjoyed the anniversary gift my husband gave me: me time. He got me a gift certificate to the spa and I decided to indulge in a manicure, pedicure (desperately needed) and a facial.  Besides getting to enjoy the pampering, I was alone.  I had no choice but to leave the girls and go.

Gah. It was wonderful.  On the way home, I even picked up a pizza pie from our favorite pizza joint ever in life.  Lunch is served.

Later that afternoon I took even MORE me time.  ::GASP::

I went running.  The hubs got my jogging stroller spiffed up and I took my new running sidekick out for our first run together.  It was fabulous and a good kick in the pants I needed to get back on top of my training.  Half marathon pending, December 4!

What’s so wrong with me time?  Absolutely nothing.  I’m a firm believer that it is a great thing.  It allows you to clear your head and refocus.  You get to decompress and get happy.  I just need to remind myself of this and do it.

I usually have my me time running.  Spa days or even pedicures are a rarity for me.  But even cooking in the kitchen and singing along to my John Mayer iheartradio station is “me time” to me.  I’m just relaxing and enjoying, I definitely did last night.  Could have had something to do with the great, low key, relaxing day I’d had…

How do you take me time?

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  1. Totally know where you are coming from!  I haven’t had a pedicure in…years!  I feel guilty scheduling it on weekends when I want to be with my family.  I definitely take me time every weekend by cooking up a storm.  I love cooking, it is a therapeutic experience for me – plus it feeds us for the week.  I try to run over lunch but it doesn’t happen as frequently as I would like :)
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