I am going to start off with a shameless plug, because I am both a proud wife AND it will help you understand why I am once again convinced that Mommy Time-Outs are THE most important thing a mom can do for herself and her family! Here’s why -
I am happy to say my husband is so awesome. He has been a chef for 25 years and two weeks ago he has been fortunate enough to open his own restaurant – Balisage Bistro in Palm Springs, CA.
Talk about our lives being crazy and stressful. Since the opening of the restaurant has been in the works, I have stepped in where Daniel used to help me at home. I work full-time in a hospital, maintain the home and drive our three children to and from school. I have also jumped in to help Daniel with all the administrative duties of the restaurant, so needless to say, the last few weeks have been a challenge.
However, I did manage to get my Mommy Time-Out in yesterday. After another stressful week, I was able to take a long, candlelit bubble bath. It was very relaxing, emerging my so exhausted body into the warm water.
It was really difficult to relax at the beginning because my brain would not stop thinking of all that I still needed to accomplish this week and the things planned the following day. Eventually, I was able to turn my brain off and allow myself to enjoy my “Mommy Time-Out”.
After about an hour sitting in such a peaceful environment, I started to fall asleep, so I knew it was time to get out and go to bed. The flame of the candle in the bath put me in such a relaxed state that I lit a candle in my bedroom before going to bed.
Before I knew it, the sun was shining bright in my window – it was time to get up and face the day. However, this morning I woke up rested and ready to take on the world. I know myself enough to know that if I don’t get the rest and Mommy Time-Outs I need I am not a pleasant person to be around, you can ask my husband and children. I need to refuel my mind, body and soul. I truly believe and will stick to my motto “If mommy is not happy, nobody is happy”!
How was your week and did you have a Time-Out for yourself?