One thing I forget as most mothers do is to steal a few minutes to take care of myself. I tend to be the type of person who puts myself last and find that a year or years go by and I haven’t had much time when I wasn’t either at work, at home working or doing something with my kids. While I enjoy much of that I do need some quiet time, to think, breathe, and listen to MY music.
At a doctors appt. last week they suggested that I get out and walk to get that dopamine release that we all need. I still haven’t found much time to do it but I did take a couple of nice long fast walks on cool days and boy was I grateful. It always amazes me that I can feel so refreshed and rejuvenated by the outdoors. So my goal is to find a way to make that time at least 1 time a week for now and hope to increase to at least 3 times a week. I know it makes me a better mother and a happier person.
My husband jokes that “When Mommy is happy everyone is happy.” In many ways I know that is true. My patience increases and positive discipline is much easier to institute when I feel good and energetic. I guess I owe it to myself and my family to make a point to get some fresh air and get my heartbeat up.