Take Care of YOU!

Work.

Husband.

Kids.

House.

Commute.

Volunteer work.

Kid’s School Stuff.

Blog.

Friends.

Podcast.

I have a few things going on and sometimes it all makes me want to pull my hair out! BUT there is one thing that I am starting to put at the top of the list…ME! I’ve never been good at putting myself ahead of anything, but I am working on that.

There are many different ways that I am putting myself first and trying to take care of ME!

1) Actually take my lunch break. – Now mind you I am usually blogging (ahem) but I am not focusing on work WORK and I am getting better about checking my work email while on lunch. (Full disclosure: I have taken no less than 3 calls in the 20 minutes I have been writing this! FAIL!)

2) Eat healthy. – Being back on Paleo (mostly) has made me feel so much better! I know that it doesn’t always show (sorry for the meltdown this week, honey!) but I feel healthier. I am really proud of myself for NOT eating some of the breakfast pastries that were sitting in the kitchen this morning when I forgot my breakfast! πŸ™‚ BONUS: I am down 8lbs in less than 3 weeks since fully committing to being back on Paleo!

Cauliflower and Bacon...need I say more?

Cauliflower and Bacon…need I say more?

3) Go to bed at an acceptable hour. – This one is hard because here is my day. My alarm goes off at 5am M-F so that I can get up, showered, and dressed before getting the kids up at 6 and out the door by 6:30. I then sit in traffic until between 7:30-8am where I work until 4pm and sit in traffic for another hour before picking the kiddos up from 2 different locations (ASP and day care). We finally walk in the door around by 5:30-6:00pm where we scrounge up some dinner. I REALLY try to get something in the crock pot a few times a week, but sometimes that just doesn’t happen…or we really need to go grocery shopping and my 2 yo eats Funyuns, applesauce, and grits for dinner! The kids finally get into bed by 8pm so in order to get a good night’s sleep I need to be in bed no later than 10, which doesn’t leave much time for fun things like crafting and watching tv!

I have to wrangle my blanket from her some days

I have to wrangle my blanket from her some days

4) Schedule friend time/exercise. – I recently started scheduling time with my best friend every week were we take her preciousΒ Great Pyrenees for a walk at the park for an hour. This is one of my favorite times of the week because I get fresh air, exercise, and some girl time! Also, I get puppy snuggles!! This week we even snuck into the dog park for a few minutes to let him run and there were these 2 ADORABLE bulldogs!! I wanted to snatch them up!

Jessica and Thumper

Jessica and Thumper

Jessica, Thumper and Me on our weekly walk!

Jessica, Thumper and Me on our weekly walk!

 

5) Say NO! – When I start to feel overwhelmed I just start saying no to things! Unfortunately it is starting to be the laundry that I am saying no to and that just leads to stinky socks for everyone. I am going to work on this.

So that is what I am working on to take care of myself. If I do not take time for ME then I will be useless to everyone in my work life and my personal life. I will try to update in a few weeks on how this is working out for me πŸ™‚

I love my family!! Pardon the old picture...we need to get someone to take new ones for us.

I love my family!! Pardon the old picture…we need to get someone to take new ones for us.

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22 Comments

  1. Holly

    Hey Girl! Love your blog!
    I always wanted to start one! Anyways, just a little advice that has helped me with lunch breaks. WALK AWAY! Not sure how easy this is for you but don’t sit at your desk and eat. Give your brain a rest! It’s your time. Luv ya!

  2. Katie J Hancheck

    Its So Good That You Are Doing This! I Wish That It Was Possible For Me…..It Would Be Nice Sometimes! The Baby Is Getting Older (1 Next Month!) So It Helps. I Agree With Walking Away From The Desk…No Work Or Working Thoughts During Lunch! Good Luck! Love Your Blog! πŸ™‚

    • mrsdmeeks

      Yes it is, but why is it so hard to do?? I still struggle with this!

  3. Alex

    I think in order to do all the other things really well, you have to take care of yourself first. Alas, I am not really perfect at this either πŸ˜‰ My nemesis is trying to do everything at once and hardly getting anything (or so it seems!) done.

    Alex – Funky Jungle

  4. lderringer

    Taking care of yourself is so important! I feel like most women aren’t very good at it, myself included. So glad you’re taking time to make sure you are alright too.

    • mrsdmeeks

      It’s crazy how we put ourselves second, third, or lower in importance! I guess admitting it is the first step

  5. Nicole

    YES, I agree with all of this! You have to take care of YOU first before you can take care of others!

    • mrsdmeeks

      It is amazing what walking for 1 hour a week with my BFF can do! I love that we walk on Wednesdays too because it helps to break up the week!

  6. ashley

    I am still learning to take care of myself first so that I can be at my best for everyone else. Great post!

    • mrsdmeeks

      Thanks!! It is a hard process, but we all have to begin somewhere!

  7. freelyfatima

    I was JUST thinking about this today. All of your tips are so so important and all the time that we give to others, we’ve GOTTA have time for ourselves

    • mrsdmeeks

      Now the real trick is to actually do it!! I promise it will make you a better, happier person :/)

  8. Alyssa Zapinski

    Thanks for sharing! It took me forever to learn that I needed to make taking care of myself a priority. But I am so glad I did!

    • mrsdmeeks

      YES!! I declared 2014 “The Year of the Anne Marie” and am really trying to stick with it

  9. GiselleR

    Me time is super important so it’s good that you’re putting yourself first. My alone/me time usually happens early in the AM. I actually wake up a couple hours earlier than I need to just to get it in.

    • mrsdmeeks

      Oh I’m jealous!! I’ve always been more of a night owl, but my kiddos like to get up early so sleep is at a premium

  10. shanalou18

    i love how I’m reading this at 11 pm when i’m supposed to be getting ready for bed and instead I’m reading blogs and trying to work on my own. lol What a great wellness post! Important information that we all need to remember, especially the “get enough sleep” part!
    Cheers!
    Shana from http://www.Technotini.com

    • mrsdmeeks

      LOL I do the same thing!! All weekend I told myself that I was going to go to bed early and every night I stayed up too late watching tv/working on blog stuff. One day we will learn!

      Have a GREAT week!

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