BY DARA KURTZ
This time of year can be extremely busy. School is starting back, you might be trying to squeeze in a last minute summer weekend away, and if you’re like me, you have a “To Do” list that’s way longer than you’d like.
Are you feeling a little off? A little stressed?
A close friend of mine was telling me how chaotic her schedule is right now. She said that between work, back to school stuff and weekend sports commitments with her kids, she feels like she’s lost her sparkle. At first, I couldn’t stop laughing because it was such an adorable way to say she’s tired and feels like the life has been sucked out of her. But then it got me thinking.
The daily stresses of life can cause us to feel off balance. We rush around like crazy people trying to be everything to everybody, but we don’t have to. Sometimes, we just have to take a step backward, re-examine our lives and be willing to say enough is enough. We have to recognize when we need a break.
I wish I had a special bag of pink pixie dust I could sprinkle on myself whenever life starts wearing me down. Since I don’t, here’s what I recommend:
Send yourself to time-out in your bathroom, pour a glass of wine and soak your troubles away in a hot bath. And, make sure you lock your door. You don’t want your kids coming into the bathroom while you’re relaxing. And, the last thing you need is for your husband to think he’s invited. He is not. This is about you.
Take a walk, go for a run or try to exercise for at least thirty minutes. It’s amazing how good you will feel after sweating out your stress. Burning calories is always a plus.
Meet a friend for coffee or lunch and tell her your woes. Things always feel better after you’ve spent time with a friend. Just make sure she isn’t too perfect, or you’ll walk away feeling inadequate, which would defeat the whole purpose.
Retail therapy. Need I say more? You don’t need my permission to buy a cute new outfit, or those must-have boots you saw online.
Put on your pajamas, order a pizza for dinner and catch up on reality TV. And don’t feel guilty about it.
The key is to not get to the point where you need to escape and recharge. Taking a little time for yourself each day will do wonders for your spirt and help you stay balanced. After all, you don’t want to lose your sparkle.
Find meaning each day,