Time out for new moms: Learning to make time for ourselves

"The soul has an absolute, unforgiving need for regular excursions into enchantment. It requires them like the body needs food and the mind needsthought."
--Thomas Moore, 1996

Allow yourself some private time each day, even if it is only a half hour.

  • Take a long walk.
  • Buy a bouquet of flowers for yourself.
  • Begin to develop an intimate circle of friends and family.
  • Turn off the phone, and allow your answering machine to pick up your calls.
  • Put on your favorite music, turn it up loud, and dance.
  • Call your best friend, and settle in with a hot cup of tea, for a good longtalk.
  • Snuggle up in bed with a good book.
  • Sink into your tub for a long, luxurious soak at the end of the day.
  • Indulge in getting (or giving) a massage.
  • Snack on your favorite "comfort food".
  • Remember how you felt when you fell in love with your partner, and allowyourself to recreate that feeling.
  • Write a love letter (to your partner, children, parents, friends...)
  • Treat yourself to a manicure and a pedicure.
  • Rent a great video.
  • Start a gratitude journal, and express your thanks on a daily basis.
  • Go to the beach. Delight and bask in the warming rays of the sun.  
  • Visit your favorite bookstore (the one with comfortable chairs and a coffeeshop) and spend the afternoon.
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