When You Put “Me-Time” On the To-Do List

By: Ginger Hanson 

My last challenge was in some ways not a challenge at all and in other ways, more challenging than I thought it would be. With the help of my gals, we decided I should do a challenge that was ‘me’ focused before the baby comes along. This included, but was not limited to, journaling, meditating and pampering myself. Sounds like an easy challenge, right? But how often do you put yourself at the top of your to-do list? It’s much easier to push that time until tomorrow since it’s not an emergency right now.

With the help of this challenge, I focused on me-time for the past month. A major focus was to line up a pampering session of some type each week – a haircut and style, a pedicure, a manicure and, of course, a massage. I’m not sure what it is about massages, but I am really good about pushing them off. I convince myself I need to do it at just the right time, the perfect time. A time when I’m not going to ‘undo’ all of the work but going back into stressful situations. Or a time when it would be most beneficial to the body such as after a race or crazy week at the gym. I also don’t like to go back to work after I get a massage so it has to be on a day that I am off or a weekend. So, when things don’t line up just right, I can easily convince myself to push it off a bit longer.

The pampering sessions were wonderful. They acted as anchoring sessions each week. It was a little time for myself that I could look forward to each week. It was quite relaxing! And the massage! It was so relaxing that I almost fell asleep and that usually doesn’t happen to me during a massage. I highly recommend adding more ‘me-time’ to your to-do list. It’s well worth the effort. If something each week is not reasonable time-wise or budget-wise, try lining something up every month. Even if it’s as simple as a long foot soak at home. You’ll be glad you did!

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