You start your day off with that fresh cup of coffee, or that morning jog. You know the routine; you don’t want to wake the kids up for school just yet. You want to enjoy the “me” moment. It’s that moment of peace and quiet; the moment when you can listen to the quietness. In a few moments it will be gone. It will be back to making sure lunches are made, all of the homework is done and confirming everyone’s schedule for the day, before you head off to work. Don’t forget to make out those bills before you head out the door. The dogs are due for their shots too, so you need to make an appointment for that. And by the way, Jr. needs to get to the eye doctor; his teacher said she noticed him squinting. Your husband needs to get to the dentist too, so make that appointment today as well.

It’s never ending. You need a secretary just to keep up with everybody! Calgon could only provide temporary relief from this pressure. So what do you do to keep your stress level down? How do you stay calm when you hear the words “But Mom!”

Your answer is very simple. You put the world on hold. What do you mean you don’t have time? I know, nobody has time for anything, its rush, rush, rush. You know where that’s going to lead? To an early grave, that’s where. You spend so much time caring and nurturing and offering support to so many others that you might be neglecting yourself. The more relaxed you are, the more relaxed everyone else will be. Take those classes that you wanted to take. Do it now. Have a life outside of your family. Even if it’s an hour a day, it will make such a huge difference! Here are some ways you can pamper yourself. And with Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s a perfect give to give.

Here’s what I recommend:

You can go to a retreat, spa, salon, message, pedicure, manicure, gift certificate to a book store, or a boutique. When you are outdoors in nature, your mind becomes at ease. Your surroundings are peaceful and so is your mind. You might want to go for a long hike, go somewhere scenic, go horseback riding, go fishing, etc. You also might want to try yoga, tai chi, Qui Gong, karate, or any of the marshal arts. This will help you have an exercised mind. If you have not tried meditating, you might want to give it a try. It will lower your stress level as well.

Whichever you decide to do, just try and make sure you squeeze in time for yourself. You are important to so many people, make sure that you are around even longer for them and rid yourself of some of the stress that you’re carrying around.

Author's Bio: 

My name is Tami Principe and I live in Illinois. I am married and have two sons and two grandsons. I love anything outdoors. I also love museums and traveling. I have worked in the fields of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development and in the Customer Service arena. I have always been the type of person to roll up my sleeves and jump right into the guts of an operation. The one thing that I missed very much that I use to do when my children were little, was volunteering. I always wanted to give back. That is such a wonderful feeling. So when my position became outsourced, I was left with a considerable amount of time on my hands. I am the type of person that has to remain busy pretty much all of the time. So I created a website. I wanted to help other women so I wrote an extensive four part series on Domestic Violence. From that point, I wrote more and more articles offering encouragement and support to other people. From there I started my own radio talk show. I have a variety of topics that are discussed, I mostly interview authors. I have a Book of the Month and once I interview the author, I post their book on my website. I also book speaking engagements. My goal is to educate and it is through this that they will make an informed decision.

I have written two books that are soon to be released, “Walk In Peace” and “My Soulful Journey.” Both of these books are inspirational tools. Both are full of life’s lessons, not just what it means going through them, but the lessons learned when you reflect back on it.