So, recently while feeling a bit overwhelmed (just a touch, mind you!) with a new schedule I’ve been keeping, I decided to try a massage.
When I say “try” one, I’m not suggesting this was by any means a first for me. Honestly, I’d rather a massage than a mani/pedi or facial any day. Let’s just say I love them. There, I said it! If it were possible, I could quite possibly have an addiction.
What was a first for me was a “chair massage”. Sure, I’ve passed many a chair in the middle of our local mall and had zero desire to jump in one. Truly. Why, unless out of pure desperation, would anyone want to indulge in a massage right there in the middle. of. a. busy. mall? I don’t get it. To me, the whole point of massage is to escape into nothingness and enjoy a little peace and quiet as well as a little relaxation. Anyway, back to my story….
I wandered in this beautiful facility, quite unplanned. I was afforded a little window of time and decided to ‘seize the day’. Quite honestly, I chose “the chair” due to affordability and time constraint. For me, it was a guilty splurge. You’d have thought I was off on an island far, far away….I was so relaxed and at peace. To me, it was a little slice of heaven.
Why, do we as Mommas, feel guilty taking a little time for ourselves? It doesn’t even have to be about spending money we don’t feel we have. Maybe a nice, quite bubble bath. Or perhaps, paging through a favorite magazine. Still yet, enjoying a new book borrowed from the library. Or, stealing away to the coveted porch, enjoying the peaceful sound of a water feature while sipping a simple glass of lemonade.
Recently, as I found myself trying to encourage an over-stressed, anxiety riddled Mom, it reminded me that a little peace and quiet can do wonders for our servant souls. I heard myself telling her that we need to ‘feed’ ourselves before we can ‘feed’ anyone else. Again, not requiring significant expense or a costly getaway trip, although I wouldn’t fight off such an offer!
As Mothers’ Day is only a couple days away, I want to encourage each of us to be more mindful of caring for ourselves. It isn’t selfish. It is wise to build in time for ourselves so that we don’t find resentment sneaking in to our mind.
Consider it. After all, it is an investment in you. If you don’t care for yourself, who else will? Am I right? What a whole new meaning this thought gives to “take care”.