Sixty Minutes of ME Time ~ What Shall I Do?
It’s nap time, the kids are fast asleep, the house is clean, and it’s just you surrounded by the serenity of quietness.
Aww Peace and Quiet
The clock is ticking, you have approximately sixty minutes, a rare moment of peace and quiet … what shall you do? You may use this moment to relax and rejuvenate or you can tackle a chore that you have postponed for weeks. Might I recommend? Depending on your mood and how you feel, you should take this precious moment to spend at least 15 to 20 minutes on some “me time.”
Here are my suggested tips to rebuild, revitalize, and recharge:
- Take a short catnap, especially if you have a little d are managing on limited sleep
- Read a few pages from your favorite book
- Read and pray your favorite scriptures. “The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].” James 5:16 AMP
- Meditate. Sit quietly and breathe deeply. Hold your breath for 6 seconds as you inhale and exhale. Repeat several times. I use guided meditation experiences. Two of my favorites are Chakra Suite by Steven Halpern and The Secret of Healing: Meditations for Transformation and Higher Consciousness. You can also search meditation music via apps, YouTube, and Pandora.
- Take a walk if a responsible person is in the house with you to watch the kids
- Work on your favorite craft like scrapbooking, refurbing furniture, sewing, or greeting card making
- YouTube your favorite fitness instructor and do one or two exercise segments to burn off some steam and relax your body
- Write in your journal. Write anything — a gratitude list, hopes, dreams, or plans
- Relax on the veranda with a glass of your favorite beverage and enjoy the beautiful scenery
- Pamper yourself with DIY face mask i.e. Banana Facial Mask. Add a medium sized banana, 1/4 cup of plain yogurt, and 2 tablespoons of honey into a container. Mix and mash into a paste. Gently apply to face and neck. Let it set for 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water.
How Do You Relax?
This is not a comprehensive list of relaxing ideas. I strongly suggest you come up with your own ways to relax. Keep the list in a journal or notepad app to access when needed. The best time to create your list is when you are feeling overwhelmed and all you can think about is a “Calgon take me away” moment. I know I’ve dated myself with that quote. Calgon was popular in the mid to late 1970’s. 😊
Make Yourself A Priority
As a single mom, your cup always runneth over, the responsibilities are endless. But, remember, your main responsibility is to first, take care of yourself. Relaxation is a vital effort to keep stress at bay for you to be an effective mother and in other areas of your life.
Single moms, you deserve to take advantage of every opportunity even small ones to relax and enjoy your “me time.”
“It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It is necessary.” ~ Mandy Hale
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