I don’t know about you, but I have a severe case of the over-committed, over-tired mama syndrome. I teach in my LEAN classes and my Greenville Tech college classes that it is crucial to make time for yourself, to take care of yourself. Unfortunately, I haven’t been practicing what I preach recently. Teaching 5 college classes, caring for our toddler full-time, and trying to schedule LEAN classes and find participants has left me drained. Perhaps these aren’t the things on your over-committed list, but I am willing to bet that at least a few of you are shaking your heads yes to this concept.
So, what now? I still have to get everything done, we still have to eat, the emails still have to be answered, but what I am doing right now just isn’t working. Dr. Sears talks about finding a balance in life – don’t worry about the smallies, just worry about the biggies. So this week, I am going to go to bed when my son does – at 8:30 – at least one time, even if the kitchen isn’t clean, the laundry isn’t put away, and the emails aren’t sent. I can’t remember the last time I went to bed before 1am. I am going to ask my mom to watch our son for a couple of hours so that I can catch up on emails, bills, and laundry during the day rather than at 11pm. I’m going strawberry picking with friends and I’m NOT going to worry about how my cave boy toddler may handle the situation. I am going to expect the best and smile if the worst happens – he ends up picking all green strawberries, gets in the lake fully clothed, has a tantrum over getting back in his carseat, and cries the whole way home only to fall asleep 2 feet from the house.
What are you going to do for yourself this week? How are you going to nurture your needs so that you can continue to nurture others?