I’ve had discussions about this “self-made holiday” on Facebook, I’ve mentioned this in the newsletters and I recently spoke about it on a radio show, but I realized I never composed a blog about it!
See, at the end of December 2012, I started to think about “resolutions” and all of those things we tend to do at the end of the year…. memories from the past year and hopes for the New Year… and I’ll be honest, I was not happy with what was going on. I had been dealing with metabolic damage and adrenal fatigue for the better part of two years, and I had started to make some GREAT headway, and then, POW I lost it!
How did I lose it?
I started staying up late again, I started taking on more projects than I could handle, I started putting myself last and others first… you know the deal.
I realized that the THINGS I was doing to feel better, ie. taking care of me, getting to bed early, meditating, relaxing, eating regular meals, taking my supplements, etc.
I had completely stopped….and I was feeling terrible.
In fact, I told my husband, I just want to rent a car and go stay in a hotel ALONE for a few days. (ok maybe a week!)
He was obviously hurt… but that’s how I felt!
I felt as if I was being pulled in a million directions and I needed an escape… NOW!!
So that is where the “Me Day” idea came from.
I decided that for 2013 ONE DAY out of every month, was a day for ME.
- no phone
- no computer
- no alarm clock
- I can do whatever makes ME feel good– massage, reading, napping, eating
- no “shoulds” or “have tos”
- no work
and so, I took out my phone and blocked out the last Sunday of every month for my year long experiment.
Well, January, something came up, the Dani Johnson First Steps to Success seminar was on “MY WEEKEND” so, I just rescheduled for the next weekend! I took my Sunday (it was Super Bowl Sunday) and got myself a massage, read a book and took a nap. I can’t say that I didn’t get on the computer or ditch the phone.. but it was a start.
So my February day came and my husband knew it was my day, but he needed me for a few things, and I have to say it was kind of ruined. He apologized and it was no biggie… who knew this would be so hard?!! I thought, “maybe this will be better on a week day!”
March came and went, I traveled to 3 states in 3 weeks and there was no time for me, again and here we are, mid April. I have a day scheduled THIS weekend. Hubby’s out of town and I’m disappearing!! For the rest of the year, I moved my “Me Day” to a Friday. Its easier when hubby is at work to BE ALONE.
The moral is: be flexible, be adaptable, but put it in the books.
I’m not perfect. I don’t have children, however, I have a very busy life because I give a lot and a lot of people depend on me. I understand how hard it is to have a day for you. BUT its still SO important. I urge EVERYONE..
I CHALLENGE YOU—-> DO IT NOW.
Schedule your “Me Days” for the REST of 2013 (there’s still 8 months left!!)
Then CLICK TO TWEET IT: I’m taking a day just for me!! #meday #becauseImworthit @SweatyBetties
even if its a “Me Half-Day” – take 4 hours for YOU. I promise you will be less bitter about the things you “have to do”.
Don’t tell me that you can’t, that you don’t have time, or can’t find a sitter…
Don’t be a b!tch.
Lets just DO THIS…. and then come back and tell me what you plan on doing. Here are some ideas:
- sit at the park
- read a book
- have coffee with a friend
- sleep in… late
- watch a movie marathon in your pajamas
- get a massage
- get a mani/pedi
- hang out at Whole Foods
- Sun bathe
- sit in a car alone for 4 hours (I’ve totally done this)
- go on a hike (but please tell someone where you’re going)
- take a bath
- take a yoga class
- eat a healthy meal
- do an “at-home” spa day- paint your nails, do a face mask, etc.