We all know being a mum can be a tough gig…so what do you do to get you through the day? We all have our secrets… the rituals, the rewards…the stolen moments for ourselves when we can restore our equilibrium. For me, it’s my morning latte…but all that is about to change.
In a bid to improve my health by detoxing my liver I decided to make a big effort to give up my daily soy latte. It was hard, I really LOVE my daily coffee, it’s almost a part of my identity! Since I don’t drink much, smoke or really have much fun at all, I was being quite childish about the whole idea. Then, nature gave me a helping hand…a long week of gastro! During this week, just the thought of coffee made me feel sick. I kicked the habit, or so I had thought…
After I was feeling well again, I decided to just cut down my coffee intake. I mean, you only live once, it’s a small pleasure…I am the master of justifying anything to myself! So, off I went on Saturday morning to the Farmer’s Market, Keep Cup brimming with steaming, sweet latte…and guess what happened….I didn’t enjoy it! I really felt I could have done without it. I also noticed how it made me feel…jittery, anxious and whatever the opposite of calm is – agitated! Running around like I was on fast forward. And I remained feeling that way most of the morning…it was familiar…it’s how I felt most of the time. Is it possible that my daily coffee (okay, sometimes twice daily) was putting me on edge? I thought I needed that hit of caffeine to get me through the day but maybe it was just making things harder?
And so…it looks like the coffee is going to have to go. I’m sure I’ll still enjoy one now and again and there’s always the organic decaf my local deli serves but I am going to have to find myself another ritual, another reward…something new to get me through a busy and demanding day.
So what is your special treat? Your daily ritual? The time you take to exhale and let your mind indulge in a moments space…it is SO important we have these moments…Gee, we should have whole hours!
Share with us your favourite ‘me time’ activities…spread the love…goodness knows, us mums need it!