Day 25: Have a comfy night in. Cozy up in your favorite sweats and relax! Enjoy some down-time.
The Blurb: When I was younger my best friend’s mom enforced what their family called “down time.” This was such a foreign concept to me. Sometimes instead of being able to go do something, her mom would say she needed down-time.
Now that I’m a busy mom, I not only understand the concept but crave that down-time. Don’t get me wrong, I thrive on being busy, and having a family perpetuates that inertia. But every now and then I could really just use some time without life’s demands. Just a few hours where I don’t have to run errands or clean or be a taxi or make dinner or work.
Down-time is vital to prevent burnout. It gives you space to process what has been happening and allows you to mentally prepare for things you have coming up. This isn’t just for you- try giving your kids the same down-time and see how it changes the dynamics in your home. They might have a hard time with it at first, but once they get the hang of it they might like it. If your younger kids are phasing out their naps, you can try replacing nap-time with an hour of “quiet-time.” Think of what the world would be like if kids learned how to calm themselves or had space to regroup. My best friend’s mom may have been on to something after all…
Suggestions: Cozy up in your favorite sweats and relax. Have a hot bubble bath. Do yoga/meditate. Take a nap. Read a book. Escape from technology– turn off your phones/iPods/computers/TV. Get a massage. Think- when was the last time you just let your mind wander? Do something creative.
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I hope you are able to enjoy your time today. If you want to get caught up on any of our previous challenges, here’s the RECAP POST. If you want to get a sneak peek of what we’re doing tomorrow, see below. Less than a week left! Let a little self-love in!
Have a great Saturday! See ya tomorrow!