Finding the Balance
As dad once said, when you are at work, you work. He forgot one very important lesson, when does the working end. As many of us are mothers, wives, and teachers we are constantly nurturing our students, kids, and husbands. Let's not mention that we also are constantly in contact and supporting our virtual co-workers and friends as well. We often don't make or have the time for our immediate families nor ourselves. We are drowning in responsibilities and not able to find or grasp the balance. Some of us are working 7 days a week.
I to violate this balance all the time but I do have a secret to share that has helped me through my 7 day work week schedule. Mornings are mine this is my me time, the most important time of all. I sit in silence have my coffee or take a walk in nature and meet my friends for early morning coffee. I do schedule one night off and that is Friday night and I use this as the date night or time to meet the hubby. I feel for all of you mothers who are working from home and not finding the balance. If you can't figure out how to take time off consider these tips. Turn off the notifications on your phone before you sleep. Put dinner as a do not disturb time as this is for your immediate family. At least once a week do a Calgon take me away bath. For me that means, turning off the lights and locking myself in the bathroom with my music playing loudly in my ears with candles and a glass of wine as I sit in a hot, steamy, bath full of bath salts and do a facial mask as I now feel like Cleopatra. Unfortunately, the bathrooms in Europe are the size of a closet and I have rented hotel rooms just for access to the bath. My favorite room overlooks the city and is an apartment and I have rented it on several occasions. My hubby usually complains and asks why should we spend 100 dollars a night when we have an apartment and my immediate response is it is ok you can stay home. I need my Cleopatra moment as we are all the queens of our houses. If the queen isn't pampered and taken care of then the rest of the house won't get the best that we have to offer. Remember how valuable me-time is too. Happy teaching lovely ladies!