Are you in that season where getting “me time” is near impossible? May seems to be one of my busiest months with work demands and all the fun things that go into school year ending. We are in planning mode for year-end parties, field days and teacher gifts. It's all fun things (for the children) but I have to keep reminder lists to make sure I don't forget anything. We are also in full swing with our spring sports, which adds another layer of busy. I want to enjoy all the thing this season brings, so I came up with a few quick pick me ups to keep myself energized and stress levels low.
Keep snacks in the car
I have some “Mommy snacks” in my car that are for those quiet moments while waiting for practice to end or sitting in carpool. It doesn't have to be unhealthy (although some days require chocolate), just something other than leftover cheese crackers.
I do my fair share of driving in the next few weeks and while my children choose music plenty of times, I will make some rides Mommy music time. If I'm feeling stressed, soothing music does wonders. Or if I need to feel energized, some of my fast paced songs will help. If I happen to arrive early, I will also sit in the car
Keep a book in the car
The other day I had one glorious hour to myself and instead of trying to fit in a few more errands, I enjoyed the sunshine and read a book. Yes, it was in the baseball field bleachers, but it was still a moment to refresh. I left that book in the car and now it's a special treat to read a few pages in between activities.
When I am tired, the last thing I want to do is exercise, but even a few minutes of activity can have a positive effect. I take walks with my children but I also like going for a short walk by myself once my kiddos are in bed (and husband is home in case they need something) or around the soccer field while my son has practice. Nothing clears my head than a walk.
Life can get busy to the point of stressful. Having a plan and taking a few minutes here and there for yourself is not only good for you, but good for those around you.