Self-care: A Mom-cation
Find time to take care of yourself. That’s my mantra lately. It’s not as easy to do as it is to say.
I found myself with an opportunity this morning. My kids left to go spend their two weeks of summer with their father. There was a time when this would have really sent me into a tailspin. I would have been very sad.
Lately, though, I realize what a gift this is. Back then, I mostly defined myself as being a “Mom.” I don’t define myself solely that way any longer, and so now this time is positively a gift.
This is the time of year when I clean the kitchen and it stays clean. I buy groceries and they don’t disappear as if by magic. I don’t have to be on anyone’s case about picking up after themselves, or remind them it’s ok to use the garbage can. I don’t have to run anyone any place. I only have to take care of myself an my 13 year old cat.
So, I’m getting enough sleep. I’m eating healthy, and nobody complains about what is on the menu. I took a really long walk this morning. No rush to get back, nobody calling me on the cell to say “when are you coming home?” or “what’s for dinner?”
The reason I’m writing about this is I see teachers go through the same thing. School gets out and some teachers don’t know what to do with themselves.
Some load themselves up with classes, to climb the pay scale, and to rev themselves up for the coming year. There isn’t enough down time when a person chooses that path, though.
At least some of those summer months need to be spent in rejuvenating. As Parker Palmer puts it, “re-membering” (as opposed to dismembering) yourself.
Take a good look at your summer. What is it looking like for you? Did you build in some time to take care of yourself? If not, there’s still time.