It's hard to describe the end to summer break. For some parents, it's a sigh of relief while others dread being away from their kids 7-9 hours a day. Both responses are valid and both are relevant. We all love our children, but we all also value a little time away from them. As we give them lunch money or pack a special lunch, drive them to school or put them on the bus, or hurry them out the door or relish in a long hug, let's also think about what we are going to do for ourselves during this transition.
Self care is often forgotten. It's a blip on the radar of many parents and parents to be. I think it should be a glaringly large and loud ding that goes off in our brains. If we can't care for ourselves, we can't care for others optimally. Let's look at a few things you can do as we move into a new school year to maintain sanity and to be able to stay up for those late night homework assignments that are coming.
I know for many of us, myself included, it's a bad word. I hate to sweat, be sore and of course be out of breath. For those who love endurance building and sweating, join a local running group or do some hot yoga at Sterling Hot Yoga Works. If you're like me and would like to start something less endurance and sweat focused, try a yoga class at Barefoot Works and of course if your are pregnant or have had a baby in the last year, look into what we offer at Baby Moon! Prenatal yoga and mom and baby yoga are our specialties, but be on the lookout for some new offerings this fall that will absolutely please those with toddlers and couples desiring to practice together!
Go on a date
Yes, get out of the house and go on a date. It can be with your significant other or just by yourself. Choose a movie and go ahead and get the extra butter on that popcorn. The Movie Tavern is a favorite spot of mine because I can dine and catch a movie at the same time. When time is of the essence, knocking out both at the same time is truly a great thing. The food has always been good and although the service can sometimes be a bit on the slow side, it's worth it to give this place space on your calendar.
Get a massage
Give us a call or schedule a massage online with the best massage therapists in Lexington, Ky. Tatsiana McGee and Caitlin Granier are licensed and highly skilled in many kinds on massage and absolutely love what they do. Massage at Baby Moon is open to anyone and everyone and is the perfect way to start a day. If you're needing to schedule for a time that shows as unavailable, please contact us. Many times, we can add additional times to the calendar to accommodate your specific needs.
This may sound crazy, but if you have a day off without the kids, do absolutely nothing. Sleep in or go back to bed once they are at school or mom's day out, eat your eggs and toast in your pajamas on the back patio, read a book for fun, take a relaxing bubble bath with an amazing bath bomb from , and rejuvinate yourself.
As a mom, I know that the rush and busyness of the day doesn't end when the kids go back to school. Sometimes it even intensifies with after school activities and homework. Just promise yourself that you'll save some time for you. I don;t mean time locked in your bathroom for 5 minutes while you attempt to pee alone. I mean real time to just take a deep breath, take in all of the beauty that is in your life and to be grateful for yourself. You are important-- don't ever forget that!