This morning I’ve dropped my daughter off at her childminders. I’ve come home and my son is having a session with a school tutor.
In that sweet hour of being childfree I’ve taken myself and done some yoga and a meditation. A few years ago I would never have been able to do this.
Today I could feel my old inner critic trying to rear its head. How can I be spending money on other people looking after my children and do something non productive and doesn’t earn me money? How self-indulgent! How extravagant!
When my son was born for the first 2 years I’d only allow myself to have time away from him to work. If I wasn’t working I felt that I should be mothering. There wasn’t a slither of time I would give myself outside of being a mum and being a business owner.
That was a recipe for burnout!
The last month has been my busiest work time ever. And with two children at home in a pandemic (like for all of us) it’s been exhausting.
So I took that hour for me today. I noticed my inner critic but did it anyway.
I’m sharing this for those of you that struggle to take that time for you. That when you think about meeting your own needs your inner critic tells you it’s selfish, or self-indulgent or extravagant. Just a reminder that a well rested woman is the most powerful and loving force.
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