Today I saw my seventh graders for two and a half hours before we all said goodbye to the 2012/2013 school year. I will miss them but planned to stay connected through edmodo and help them retain what they have learned this past year. Once they boarded their buses, it was my job to do what I always do and get ready for room checkout and running around to have various administrators and staff sign off on my sheet. I spent the rest of my day relaxing and treated myself to some sushi and red wine. I need to enjoy these moments because I recently signed up with Physician’s Weight Loss Center and alcohol is not part of their program. But back to my time alone and relaxation.
It is always a good idea to spend time with yourself so that you can gather your thoughts and reflect on your day, week, etc. life is so hectic and often we do not carve out time for ourselves which can lead to bad sleep habits, health concerns, anxiety, depression, weight gain, and poor self-image. These moments are necessary for anyone but especially for the single parent and one who also wants to write. Ideas will be blocked and projects never completed because you are not taking care of yourself. And if you never complete a project, you are back to poor self-image and the list goes on.
So, treat yourself to a restaurant, movie, massage, day by yourself at the park, the gym, or just time in your room or house alone for a day. I did just that today and right now, I feel at peace.