Love this commercial. I’d like to think you could see a Hot Mamas logo on that gym bag . . .
I hope you are having a good week. I’ve had one of those interesting ground hog day sort of weeks. You know, every day is the same with the same family drama and you feel like if you don’t have a bottle of wine with dinner that you might go off the deep end? I guess that sounds a little dramatic. but you know what I mean. I had a student today who came to class, brought her kids upstairs to the childcare and then after class she’s going to another health club in town (that she belongs to) and putting her kids in the childcare there for another 2 hours so she can go sit on a bike and watch tv, hit the sauna, etc. Sound crazy? I don’t think so. Sometimes you have to do whatever is necessary to keep you sane. I think sometimes being a little selfish is the only way to survive. Her kids won’t know the difference — they’ve been playing. And, obviously, quality time with mom isn’t happening anyway.
I had a great conversation with a friend yesterday and we were talking about people who medicate for everything — because we all know there’s a pill for everything these days. So when is medicating too much? Is there a pill for life? I’m not going to get all Tom Cruise on you, but, isn’t there a point where you do really have to figure out how to cope on your own? I think a very important part of surviving as a modern woman is finding time for yourself and finding things that you do that you can own. Whether it’s getting a part time job or volunteering — doing something that makes you feel like you are productive and valuable is very important for the mind. We all know that being a mom is the most important job — but let’s face it, it’s not always rewarding. It’s a lot of work with very little recognition. With that in mind, you have to find things apart from being a mom that feed your self esteem. In addition to that, you must take care of your body — you have to eat well and exercise. You just have to. When you aren’t feeling well and feeling good about yourself, then you aren’t really good in any other area of your life. And you feel like you are always just surviving. I don’t think that’s what life is supposed to be like.
So, your assignment. Is #1 finding something that you enjoy that you do on your own (or with friends) that makes you happy. Horseback riding, painting, tennis, guitar, jewelry, design; something that you can escape to when you are having one of those crazy days. #2, find something to do that helps others because when you help others, you forget about yourself. It doesn’t have to be something that has a huge time commitment. And, you’re children will follow by your example. #3, start taking better care of yourself. Stop putting yourself last. Eat better and make it a habit. As Charlie Sheen says “Nike doesn’t say just try it, Nike says JUST DO IT!”