Finding life to harried to do the things you enjoy or spend time with the people you love?
The Queen of Adultitis Prevention and new mom Kim Kotecki posted an article about the challenges of balancing 6-month-old Lucy and the demands of the outside world. It’s a common problem – there is always something you “should” be doing keeping you from spending time with your family and doing things for yourself.
“Me Time” and time to care for and play with your spouse, children and friends are very important to managing stress and maintaining supportive relationships. So, how do you draw a line around your time and say no?
Kim and I both suggest you start looking at “no” differently. By declining one opportunity, you are placing importance on something else. By saying “no” to one thing, you are saying “yes” to your health and the people who are important to you.
Kim has four other great suggestions including to play everyday. I offer one more:
Give yourself permission and a mantra: My daily mantra is:
Life is not about perfection. It’s about moving in the right direction.
For the summer I am adding:
We will never have another 8-year-old-summer!
While I’m looking forward to a summer of swimming, bike riding, picnics and sailing, it would be easy to get wrapped up in all of the “other” things I should do: the articles, the laundry, the household projects, etc. Yes, I could take them to the pool and bring my laptop and work — or I can jump in, get some exercise and make some memories. I hope I choose the latter more often than not!
A couple of nights ago we left the dinner dishes on the table and went out for a walk with the whole family. It had rained earlier and there were plenty of puddles. I had two choices – be the stick in the mud or jump in! “I love our family!” said Callie after being splashed all the way up to her chest. Yep, me too!
Thanks, Kim, for a great article. Go on, jump in, everyone, have some fun together!
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