After reading this post on my friend Elizabeth’s blog, I thought that it would make a great introduction to something that I found this past week, and have been wanting to post about. First of all, my thoughts on what Elizabeth wrote about…..yes, we all, yes I mean ALL, need some “me time”. I don’t mean that we need to neglect our families (and I know that that is not what Elizabeth is talking about either….I know that Elizabeth’s heart is to take tip top shape care of her family, and she does that!) and have a “girls night out” or “girls day out” every day or every week…..we don’t!!!!!!!! But, we do need to take a few minutes each day to take care of ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually. Physically doesn’t necessarily mean mani/pedi’s (and for those ladies that don’t understand that….like I didn’t until a few days ago 🙂 that is a manicure and pedicure), facials, fancy hair-dos or fancy make up. It just needs that we do need to take care of our bodies for our family. For me, that means exercise, eating healthy, and showering with smelly bath stuff, using girly lotions (I have very dry skin, and have to slather myself a couple of times per day with a lotion that doesn’t have any alcohol in it), and taking care of my skin with quality skin care products. I do like to have my nails done periodically (even though it only lasts a few days with the abuse I put my poor hands through), and now that I have a friend that is a manicurist, I want to have my first ever pedicure…..I think it will be fun, and am planning on scheduling an appointment with her for next week. But normally I tend to do these things at home, in the privacy of my own home 🙂 and to help the relaxation factor. The other day I opened an email from Martha Stewart Living and found an article there for Natural Manicures .
I’m VERY MUCH looking forward to doing that at home! 🙂
Ok, onto taking care of myself mentally…..for me, that means some down time each day without interaction with other human beings. Please understand that I love my family VERY VERY VERY much, and quite often put their needs above my own, but being with my family in a smallish house, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week gets tiring. I would never ever ever trade any of my life for another life or lifestyle, I am very thankful for God’s very direct leading in my life in this matter of career (stay at home wife and mother and home education teacher), and like any other career, I do need “day’s off” periodically. And I do very occasionally take those day’s off in going to one or two women’s conferences every 2-3 years with friends, but I find that I need some time by myself on a regular basis. That is where my early mornings come into play. I awaken 1-3 hours before the rest of the family every day of the week so that I can have quiet time with my Lord, some exercise time (without an audience), and just time to listen to the CDs that I like (music and teaching) or the radio shows/stations that I like. This is my “mental health” time 🙂
The last area of “me time” that I think actually should have gotten first billing here, and should DEFINITELY get first billing in all of our lives, is our spiritual lives. As a born again Christian, this means that I need to be continually fed the meat of the Word….I need to be studying and living God’s Word out in my life! This is probably the area of my life that I struggle with the most, but I serve a very faithful, loving and forgiving God that chases after me, and pursues me and won’t let me neglect my life in Him! God desires that same relationship with YOU! If you don’t have that type of relationship with God through the shed blood of the Saviour, Jesus Christ, and you desire a personal relationship with Christ and want to talk with me, please leave me a comment, and I will email you privately.
Blessings to you all!