Take a 30-Minute or 5-Minute Me-Break

 

Welcome to the October Carnival of Natural Parenting: Staying Centered, Finding Balance

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared how they stay centered and find balance. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.

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30 Days of Gratitiude- Day 22

30-Minute Break

Throughout my adulthood – before kids, while raising kids, and as an empty nester – my favorite way to find me-time has been a half-hour prayer/meditation break. It relaxes, rejuvenates, and gives me the proper perspective for my day and my life. I think 37 years of that practice has had a cumulative effect, making it easier to feel calm and centered regardless of what’s happening externally.

Granted, there have been many times when I’ve been too exhausted to stay awake for a full 30 minutes of prayer and meditation. And that’s alright in my mind. 30 minutes of prayer/meditation/sleep is always wonderful as well.

I’ve taken my 30-minute break the first thing in the morning, in the middle of the afternoon, and (on the busiest days) right before bed at night. My favorite times are first thing in the morning or mid-afternoon, but life doesn’t always allow for that. And that’s alright, too.

#068/3655-Minute Break

When I lived in England for a year and a half, I fell in love with the English habit of drinking tea. I never liked regular tea or English tea, but I always loved herbal tea. I was amazed to discover how relaxing it is to simply brew a cup of tea and take the time to sit down and drink it.

For me, there’s nothing like sitting at my dining-room table with a cup of hot tea in one hand and a newspaper in my other hand. Yes, as much time as I spend online, I still love reading a physical version of the local newspaper!

Whatever is a relaxing way for you to spend a few minutes is what’s right for you, whether it’s drinking a cup of tea or coffee, a mini-meditation, listening to music, filing your nails, lying on the floor with your legs up against the wall for revitalization and improved circulation, or reading for five minutes.

If you have a preschooler, I recommend a child-sized work table in your kitchen or dining room. It’s especially helpful if there’s a favorite activity, such as playdough or food preparation/snack, that your child can do while you take time for yourself. If you have a special activity for your preschooler, you might even get quite a bit more than a 5-minute me-break!

What is your favorite me-break?

Photo Credits: Top photo by Louise Docker at Flickr Creative Commons.

Bottom Photo by Kirsty Andrews at Flickr Creative Commons.

 

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Carnival of Natural Parenting -- Hobo Mama and Code Name: MamaVisit Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama to find out how you can participate in the next Carnival of Natural Parenting!

Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

(This list will be updated October 12 with all the carnival links.)

  • The World from Within My Arms — Rachael at The Variegated Life finds balance despite her work and her husband’s commitment to art through attachment parenting. (@RachaelNevins)
  • Balancing the Teeter-Totter — Rebecca is rediscovering balance by exploring her interests and passions in several different categories. She shares in this guest post at The Connected Mom. (@theconnectedmom)
  • Balancing this Life — Danielle at born.in.japan is slowly learning the little tricks that make her family life more balanced. (@borninjp)
  • Uninterrupted Parenting — Amy at Innate Wholeness has learned that she does not need to interrupt parenting in order to find balance.
  • Knitting for My Family — Knitting is more than just a hobby for Kellie at Our Mindful Life, it is her creative and mental outlet, it has blessed her with friendships she might not otherwise have had, and it provides her with much-needed balance.
  • Taking the Time — Sybil at Musings of a Milk Maker has all the time she needs, now her girls are just a bit older.
  • Please, Teach Me How — Amy at Anktangle needs your help: please share how you find time for yourself, because she is struggling. (@anktangle)
  • A Pendulum Swings Both Ways — Kat at Loving {Almost} Every Moment found herself snapping with too little time for herself, and then veered toward too much.
  • Finding Balance Amidst Change — It took a season of big changes and added responsibility, but Melodie of Breastfeeding Moms Unite! now feels more balanced and organized as a mama than ever before. (@bfmom)
  • At Home with Three Young Children: The Search for Balance, Staying Sane — With three young kids, Kristin at Intrepid Murmurings knows parents sometimes have to adjust their expectations of how much downtime they can reasonably have. (@sunfrog)
  • Attachment Parenting? And finding some “Me Time” — As a mother who works full time, Momma Jorje wants “me” time that includes her daughter.
  • A Balancing Act — Sheryl at Little Snowflakes has concrete ways to help keep centered with a little one and a new baby on the way, from exercise to early bedtimes to asking for help. (@sheryljesin)
  • Aspiring Towards Libra — Are your soul-filling activities the first to be pushed aside when life gets hectic? Kelly of KellyNaturally.com aspires to make time for those “non-necessities” this year. (@kellynaturally)
  • SARKisms for Sanity — Erica at ChildOrganics has found renewed inspiration to take baths and laugh often from a book she had on the shelf. (@childorganics)

 

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