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We are in the thick of summer right now as the days have become hotter, longer, and jam packed with summer activities. We’re all so busy trying to find ways to spend each moment of the day as we work to keep the kids entertained. But, what about you? As you’re busy trying to avoid the “I’m bored” comments from your kids, are you starting to feel like you’re losing yourself in the mix?
A few years ago, I came across the following quote by Audre Lorde:
I have come to realize that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.”
Reading that quote was a lightbulb moment for me. Why? As a work-at-home full-time, stay-at-home full-time mom to two kids, I had never known exhaustion as I did when I entered into motherhood. I was sipping coffee throughout the day, watching wrinkles form on my face, waking up early to the sounds of our kids, pulling late nights to get my work done, and trying to keep my head above the water. And then it hit me when I looked at our kids and saw them growing by the minute. I needed work-life balance so I sought to find it and establish it.
What helped me find a work-life balance that fit within our family life was taking ownership of my self-care. “Me Time” can range from seconds to minutes to hours. Don’t get me wrong, it can be very challenging to stick to the work-life balance lifestyle, especially when work deadlines are breathing down my neck. But, I have become very protective over my work-life balance because it has helped me to decompress, get rid of some stress, relax for a bit, and get back to the everyday life with a clearer mind.
There are many other benefits to “Me Time” that include:
- Having better focus
- Recharging your body and mind
- Giving back to your family
- Being more productive
- Enjoying self-discovery
With the on-the-go, busy lifestyle, it can be easy to forget about ourselves. But, as you can see from the list above, tuning into yourself has so many benefits. Rarely do we have time to sit back, reflect, and enjoy the moment. Since I strongly believe in the importance of “Me Time,” I’m always trying to find ways to squeeze it in when I can (trust me, it’s not easy and my husband is always trying to help).
How can you find a way to squeeze in “Me Time” throughout the week? Make a “Me Time” bag full of items that you enjoy doing. By doing so, when you find yourself with a few minutes to spare or when you make time for yourself, grab your “Me Time” bag and pick an item out of the bag that you know you’ll enjoy doing, even if just for a few moments.
I recently discovered the creation of a “Me Time” bag when both kids were down for a nap and I found some time to squeeze in some “Me Time” in the afternoon. I grabbed my bag, headed out to the back porch since the day was beautiful, sat on the couch for a few minutes, and read a few pages in a magazine. Having the “Me Time” bag made it so much easier to quickly steal a few moments for myself.
5 Items for the Perfect “Me Time” Bag
Here are some items that have made their way into my “Me Time” bag.
1.) Notebook and Pen
Having a notebook and pen in your “Me Time” bag will allow you to jot down notes, write a journal entry, or make a gratitude list.
I’m a certified chocoholic. Enjoying a treat during “Me Time” will help brighten your mood and make the moment special.
Flipping through the pages of a magazine is a nice way to spend “Me Time.” While I was doing my weekly shopping at Safeway, I decided to pick up the July 7th issue of InStyle while I was checking out since the beautiful cover grabbed my attention. When I got home, I put the magazine in my “Me Time” bag since I knew I wanted to read the magazine once I found time to enjoy “Me Time.” The beautiful photos and informative articles are a great way to escape, even if I’m only able to read one or two articles at any given “Me Time.”
Wherever you are spending time this summer, PEOPLE, InStyle, and Sunset magazines have the beauty, lifestyle, and entertaining inspiration you need to incorporate your personalized “Me Time” into your everyday schedule, especially during the summertime.
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4.) Nail Polish and Nail Polish Remover Pads
I can hardly find the time to schedule myself a pedicure, let alone go to the salon to get a pedicure. Instead, having nail polish in my “Me Time” bag reminds me to spend some time on myself by taking care of and painting my nails. The nail polish remover pads fit nicely in my bag and make it easy to remove my current nail polish and add fresh polish to my nails.
When it comes to “Me Time,” it’s always nice to sip on a tasty beverage. For me, one of the ultimate “Me Time” drinks is coffee. For your bag, be sure to add a nice bottle of flavored sparkling water or a non-refrigerated coffee drink so that you can stay hydrated all while enjoying your “Me Time.”
Now it’s your turn to enjoy some “Me Time.” One lucky winner will receive a $50 Albertsons gift card. Please answer the following question in the comments section below:
“Which magazine do you like to read while enjoying some “Me Time”; PEOPLE, InStyle, Style Watch®, Real Simple®, Sunset, or Southern Living®?”
Be sure to include a reason behind your decision or your answer will not count as an entry.
A winner will be selected randomly through http://random.org. No purchase necessary to enter. Giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday, August 3, 2017. This giveaway is available to U.S. residents only.