I have had a really tough week. I mean a REALLY tough week. From work to personal, things have been hard this week. I try to keep it quiet, and I try not to let it get me down, but on the heels of the flu last week, this week was nearly more than I could take.
Today I made the decision to take one hour for ME. One hour where I didn’t think about work, I didn’t think about my family, I didn’t think about my relationships – I thought about ME. Some people would call that selfish. And I am ok with that.
Sometimes, we need to take an hour to be selfish. I think too often we get so caught up with life and responsibilities we do not give ourselves permission to walk away and focus on ourselves. Women are SO guilty of this – but men are too. We are taught that being selfish is a bad thing, so it is surrounded by feelings of guilt…. it’s sad.
So I spent my hour at the salon. No phone. No email. No one I really even KNOW, except Tina, my delightfully adorable stylist. I didn’t have to talk about anything “serious” at all. We laughed and joked and talked – mostly about food – while she clipped and snipped on my hair, then washed and styled me up all pretty. For one hour I was totally doted on with no worries in the world.
If you feel overwhelmed, stressed, sad – spend an hour on just YOU. Take a hot bath, read a book, get a facial, go for a drive (alone) – just walk away for an hour. YOU HAVE PERMISSION TO DO THAT!
I love my new hair, but it is truly a bonus to feeling rejuvenated after such a hard week. In one hour I felt my spirits lifted, my heart lighter, and just happier in general. I came home and have been more gentle with my hubbly, more relaxed about work, and more easy with the Tween and the Toddler. Though the heartache is not gone, it is not as suffocating as it was just a few hours ago. I took time for me, and I came out a better wife, mom, and business owner.
What a difference an hour makes.