I'm a little behind with the blogging today. My early morning workout and the need to shower before being a substitute in a fifth grade classroom won out over blogging this morning. Figured the students would appreciate the fact that I showered after working out.
This morning's workout contained no running, just strength training. I have a nine mile training run to get done tomorrow so today was a running rest day. Thanks to Best Body Bootcamp, however I got a great upper body weight workout.
I did, however, see this tweet this morning.
Follow these 3 simple rules for a healthier lifestyle: Eat clean, Exercise daily, and BREATHE!
— SKINNYbits (@Skinnybits_) February 15, 2013
I responded to the tweet stating that it seems so simple but there are times during a hectic day or busy time that I forget to stop and take a deep cleansing breath. I forget to take time to look around me and be thankful for who and what I am surrounded by.
It got me to thinking today about Me Time. I define Me Time as something I do just for me and time spent with just me (or maybe a few friends or my husband). Me Time to me is time spent away from my daily responsibilities. Time to sit back, relax and breathe.
My early mornings are a way I take Me Time. It is time in the morning (granted very early) that I am by myself (mostly because everyone else is still sleeping). There is no one around saying, "Mom, Mom-Mom where is this?-Honey, where is that?-What's for dinner?-What's for lunch? and the list could go on. I do not mind those questions, just need a break sometimes. It is a time I do something to keep my body healthy, to keep my heart healthy so that I am on this earth for long time and can spend time with those I love and answer all those questions. I get up, exercise, shower and sneak in one cup of coffee or AdvoCare Spark. I started doing this when my boys were infants because it seemed the only way I could have time for myself and it has stuck over the last few years. I love this time, the house is quiet, I can watch a show I like or read a book or just sit in the quiet.
I think everyone needs to take time for themselves and make themselves a priority. I have a to do list everyday but relaxing is never on my list, that is an after thought if I find myself with extra time. I do not feel like it is selfish, I think it is important in order for you to feel better and be better during your daily responsibilities.
I always feel energized and happier after I have had a little time to myself. I approach my everyday to do's with a more positive attitude. But for some reason I don't do it enough, the craziness of life gets in the way. I need to remind myself that dishes can wait, cleaning can wait but I shouldn't have to wait. I should get at least 5 minutes a day to just be with me.
I found a great article on WebMD, entitled Finding Time for "Me" (now it is geared toward women, however I think it goes for both men and women)
Even if you take 5 minutes a day to carve out time just for you, it is worth it and needed.
To quote Ferris Bueller, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in while, you could miss it,"
How do you get Me Time?
Question of the day:
My laughter broke the silence...
Unfortunately/fortunately I think my laughter breaks the silence too often. I often times find myself whispering in quiet places with my husband or a friend and we are goofing around when we should be listening. This is a flaw I have and I know I should get better. Again I need to stop and just listen or enjoy whatever it is I am watching. I will continue to work on this.
Has your laughter ever broke the silence?