Monday, April 15, 2019

Finding Time for Me

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Finding Time for Me

I realized a couple of weeks ago that I haven't been very happy. We've had a lot of ups and downs lately, but I knew that something else was wrong. I struggle with anxiety and when things in my life feel out of sorts... it gets worse. The only way I have found to calm it down is to work on my Cross Stitch projects. I've always... jokingly... said, "It keeps me sane." But, in some ways, it does. After I've enjoyed my stitching for a couple of hours, I always feel better. I came to the conclusion that this is something I enjoy very much and I have to make more time for it. I also realized that I truly missed blogging. I knew I had to find a way to make more time for both of these in my daily life.

This got me to thinking. How do I make more time?

A website I came across made the suggestion that I need to make myself a priority. I've never made myself a priority. I have a 20 year old son and an 18 year old daughter. I've always made sure to be there for them as much as I can. I've probably been more involved in some areas than I should, but that was my goal to always be there for my kids. Since they are older now, I guess they need me less, but it's really hard for me to let go and not be there every step of the way. Maybe it's time for me to step back... just a bit more... and let them be adults.

I've been a homemaker since they were babies and I rarely fix my hair or put makeup on. I usually only do these things if I'm going out in public so I don't scare everyone. :) I should probably try to do that more often. My poor husband. I'm glad he loves me as much as he does. I know that I should do this for myself, but I'm sure he would love coming home to a wife that's doesn't look frumpy relaxed all the time.

Another suggestion was to wake up an hour earlier than I do now. I've tried this and so far it hasn't worked for me...consistently. For some reason, I haven't been able to sleep well at night so I end up hitting the snooze button over and over again. It's also hard because I'm waiting up a bit late to make sure my children make it home safely. However, on days that I have accomplished getting up earlier, it feels great to get everything done that needs to be done! I feel like I have so much extra time! This is probably my biggest hurdle. It seems this is a bad pattern that I have... actually getting started. Once I'm going... I'm good. Unless, I need a nap.

I'm sure there are more things that I need to work on to make more time for things that I enjoy, but I will start with these. My goal is to try to make myself more of a priority and wake up earlier.

How do you find more time for yourself?

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