It's easy, as busy working moms, to get caught up in the every-day to-dos and quickly forget that one person's needs have fallen to the wayside: yours. Us moms are often so preoccupied with everyone else's well-being that we don't take the time to give ourselves a bit of TLC. But there are ways to find "me" time in the little things - a pocket of quiet or calm or solace, albeit sometimes short, but nevertheless there.
I take an extra minute or two in the shower every morning to just breathe. Before I start the hoopla of the morning routine, getting kids off to school and preparing for another hectic day, I stop everything I'm doing, let the hot water pulsate on my scalp, and for a moment, I just stand there, taking in slow, deep breaths. It really helps me get centred at the onset of the day.
Throw your towel or robe in the dryer. There's just something so soothing about the feeling of warm terry cloth after a shower.
A treat. Yes, I pack a surprise here and there in my kids' lunches, but why not do the same for ourselves? Sneak a piece of cake in a Tupperware into your own work bag, or guiltlessly break out some chips from your secret stash after the kids have gone to bed (the key word here being "guiltlessly").
Doing errands? Pick yourself up a small bouquet of flowers. You deserve to have something pretty to look at and enjoy in the coming days.
Turn on music. Whether you're folding laundry or reorganizing the linen closet, having some good tunes on in the background can lift your mood. Study after study has proven the beneficial effects of music on our overall well-being.
Soak your tired feet at the end of the day in the warm bath tub while your child bathes.
Keep a gratitude journal. At the end of each day, simply write down three things you were grateful for that day. It can be as simple as "having a cup of tea before the kids came in from school." You might be surprised as to how grateful you feel after reflecting for a few moments.