The past 3 weeks have been crazy. We’ve had family visiting, Halloween, parties, birthdays, work, lice, (It was awful!) girl scouts, and my normal parental obligations all while hosting my mother for 16 days and my half brother, whom I just met, this weekend for 3 days and 1 of the nights.
As a single mom, I am perpetually tired. In fact, I’ve reached a point that I don’t think I will ever fully feel like I’ve caught up on sleep. I do my best to get at least 7 hours, and even though I’m exhausted all the time I’m at least functioning. However, this week I’m just flat wore out, I need to recharge my batteries. I need to be a little bit selfish and take some “me” time.
Below are a few ways I like to reset after having a busy week. (Or in my case…weeks.)
Pray. There is nothing that makes me feel so energized and centered as a good prayer session. I don’t me a quick prayer, you know those “dutiful” prayers we say at dinner and bed, I mean really praying. Praying over my family, myself, my struggles, and just praising God for all that He is doing in my life.
Take a Bath. This one seems like a given. But sometimes I actually forget how great baths are until I’m in it. I have a very short attention span so I can’t just veg in the tub for too long, but allowing myself to soak in some hot water, with some bath salts, candles, music, and a glass of wine every now and then is just what the doctor ordered. Of course strategically planning this to way after you know your kids are actually sleeping, is essential.
Read. Sometimes, there is nothing better than sitting in silence, while sipping a hot cup of tea, cuddled with you coziest blankie and getting lost in a world not you own, to give your mind the vacation it needs to relax and recharge. If you don’t want to hug your books after reading them, then you are not reading the right ones. Yes….I’m a book hugger.
Take a Walk. Getting fresh air while enjoying the sounds of nature always help me to reset. It reminds me of the beauty I am surrounded by. As a single mom we don’t get to do anything alone, so take the littles and enjoy God’s creation. Sometimes just seeing life though their wonder and excitement is enough to fill up my Love Bucket!
Take a Nap. Let’s face it, when our kids nap that is go time! It is uninterrupted time to get everything done that we’ve been feeling too guilty to do while our kids are awake, for fear of making them feel neglected. Get over it! Seriously, lay down and take a nap. Laundry can wait, the dishes can wait, the house can wait. Mama, it is perfectly OK to take a nap here and there. (Or every Sunday!) In fact my kids actually love helping me with laundry, and they are perfectly fine sitting at the table coloring or playing with play dough while I finish washing the dishes. And using the the TV as a babysitter for an hour and a half while you clean the house, will not rot their brains and make them dumb. It is OK mama, you matter too. And I don’t know about you but if I don’t allow myself to reset, then I turn into a Momster.
Watch a Movie. Laughter really is the best medicine and there is nothing better than sitting on the couch with a pint of ice cream and watching a movie that makes you laugh. Or maybe it’s a good cry you’re in need of. Then put in that tear jerker, grab the tissues and go to town, mama. The first movie I watched by myself after my Ex left was The Fault In Our Stars. I remember crying and thinking, “I’m all alone, and I have nobody to love.” I sobbed the whole movie and it really was just what I needed at that time. So whatever it may be, put in that funny, sad or just all around good chick flick (13 Going on 30, is my go to.) and relax a little.
Do Some Yoga. Turn on that meditation or soft worship music and just breath into the stretches. Noting better than warming up you body while focusing on inhaling the good and exhaling the junk that is trying to weigh you down. Not to mention how great your body feels afterwards. It’s a total mind, body, and soul rejuvenation.
Let me know what your favorite techniques for resetting after a busy week are in the comments below.