to make more Me time for myself, i will remember these suggestions from an article we Azure members were asked to read:
"If You Have 5-10 Minutes
Sit on the porch with a cup of coffee and the newspaper. Or a cup of coffee and no newspaper. Just watch the clouds go by. No phone or calendar allowed.
Call a friend to chat. This doesn't mean planning the bake sale or organizing the neighborhood watch -- just talk, without an agenda.
Move. Get up from your desk, stretch, and walk around the block or up and down a flight of stairs.
Breathe deeply. While you're sitting in your office, car, or home, focus on breathing slowly and gently for five minutes. It's OK if your mind wanders a bit, but don't start planning what you have to do next -- just follow your breath.
Pet your pet. Focus for five minutes on cuddling with cat or dog. You'll both feel better.
Put on your iPod and hit shuffle. Then just sit and listen.
If You Have 15-30 Minutes
Read one chapter of a book you've wanted to make time for. Keep a basket in your office or living room with a good book, magazine, crossword puzzle, or other short escapes.
Find a nearby park and go for a brisk walk.
Putter. This doesn't mean cleaning the house or organizing your kids' clothes. Instead, it means doing little things at home that you enjoy, like trimming the rose bush and putting together a bouquet for your office or kitchen.
Soak in the tub. If you're a parent, make sure another adult is on duty to make sure no one's going to yell "Mom!" Plan so you'll have some fabulous bath goodies on hand. Don't forget a glass of ice water or (fruit juice)."
..... i have MUCH to do, but for now, i'm watching a movie that i want to watch... not my DearHeart, not because it has any point, not because it's a series and we need to send the Netflix back. Just. For. My. Relaxation.
hopefully the neighbors will quit shooting for the time being and the big trucks will quit banging and the dogs will not bark much... only happy woofs! and cuddles!
i need some Me time, today.