Ready to find out what’s missing on your list? YOU! That’s what’s missing. Time for you, and just you alone. Time for you…to sip a cup of tea/glass of sparkling something and watch a sunrise/sunset, to read a chapter of a romance novel in a bubble bath, to go to a chick flick in the middle of the day, to take a yoga/exercise class, to have a manicure, to have a massage, to do nothing and enjoy the quiet. Yes, sometimes you have to be creative to carve out time for yourself…getting up a half hour before the rest the household, closing your office door at lunch, finding a park bench away from the hustle and bustle and turning unplugging from technology. No need for hours–which would probably add more stress to your life; which is not our goal here. I’m simply suggesting that we as wives, mothers, sisters and friends are usually so focused on the needs of others that we don’t see how taking care of ourselves fits into our daily life. Whether it’s a few minutes every day or a couple hours a week, everyone benefits when we take the time to recharge and refresh ourselves.
So, I want you to take a highlighter (a permanent marker or pen of any color will do) and look at where you can block off time for yourself. Please do not do this in pencil so that you can take yourself off the list. Even Oprah has admitted that she took herself off the list and realized she never had time for herself. If Oprah can do it, so can we!
Use your initials or a secret code on your calendars for your time alone. Our initials backwards? The name of our childhood imaginary friend? Grandma’s pet name for us? You are the only one who know what the code means and why they are there. If anyone inquires what those letters mean on the calendar, we can reply with the truth. We are spending time very dear friend.