Time Is A Fleeting Thing
I recently got a new watch from Jord watches, and after having my daughter turn one, and watching a new season roll in I’ve been thinking a lot about time and how quickly it moves. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, one of the most important things you can do for yourself as a mom, as a person, is to take time for yourself. I know it is a lot easier said than done, trust me. I can get very busy, between being mom to a busy 1-year old, being a wife, cleaning house, working on the blog, being a photographer. It’s all a lot to juggle, we all have a lot on our plates, no matter what the tasks may look like. We’re only human though and there is only so much we can do before we get burned out, tired, overwhelmed. It can all be too much sometimes. Which is why, to me, it is so important to try and find the time every day to designate an hour just for me time. Time reading, going to yoga, going to the gym, going on a walk, maybe even getting a pedicure. Heck, most of the time it is just sitting in silence and putting the chores off for an hour! I feel guilty of course, I go over everything else I should be doing, and how best to get it all done after my me-time. During yoga my mind is racing and I have a hard time quieting my inner voice so that I can be present on my mat. But I still try.
It can be so incredibly easy to get caught up in the days, in the months. The tasks, the lists, the errands, the school projects, holidays. It all can sneak up on you and before you know it your day is over, your month is rolling into a new one, and poof the year is gone.
When we moved earlier this year, after all the boxes had been unpacked, after I had settled into the everyday groove again, and after I had adjusted to being a mom with no big event looming on my horizon I noticed that I wasn’t feeling great. I was nervous all the time, I was anxious and worried a lot. Well, turns out that all those things I was feeling were anxiety. I had no idea that that’s what it felt like, I’d always heard the term and thought it was just something people said in passing. Something that wasn’t that big of a deal. But I now understand that it can be an incredibly difficult thing to deal with. I started going to a counselor, but I have also made a more concerted effort to take care of myself. And I’ve noticed a difference. I’m happier, I’m better equipped to deal with my anxiety when it creeps up… most days. And I’m a better mother and wife.
What calms the anxiety most is yoga. I’m sure that comes as no shock to you, if you’ve been following along with me at all. Grabbing my mat, my water, my mala and throwing my hair in a top knot and heading to class is instant relief from the stress, it triggers something in me, just knowing that I’m going to class. Once I’m there I know that that is my hour, that the four corners of my mat are my oasis and that while I’m on my mat I can try to let it all go. It doesn’t always work, sometimes the lists creep in, sometimes I can’t quiet my mind or shut off the “mom-brain”. But even if I can’t let it all go, I still feel better having even tried to take time for myself, knowing that I made the effort is all the difference.
So if I can ask you one thing, if I can demand one thing from my readers it is to set a time, every day, that is you time. While baby is napping just sit down for a moment in the quiet. Ask husband to do bathtime so you can walk around the block. Whenever works for you, pick a time every day and do something for you. Maybe start with one day at a time. Who knows, you may only have one day where you get your you time, but that’s better than nothing. You can then slowly start to work this into your schedule and make it a habit.
Side note, see that gorgeous Jord wood watch in all the photos, I’m giving you the chance to enter a giveaway of a $75 gift card to Jord, to buy one of your own watches! All you have to do is follow this link to be qualified, the giveaway ends 9/22 so don’t wait! Even if you don’t win all of you who enter receive a $20 electronic gift code JUST FOR ENTERING!!