Remembering to Make Mom “Me” a Priority Heather Hopson September 12, 2014 Baby, Toddler 7 Comments Dear Diary, When I became a mom, I slid several spaces down my priority list. I bypassed my favorite stores and bought kid couture at shopping malls. I stocked my kitchen cabinets with Cheerios, Goldfish and other finger foods. I scheduled pediatrician appointments, preschool tours and professional photo shoots. As I made the world go round for my child, my world outside of motherhood stood still. But now I’m finally taking time to take care of myself—well, at least when something comes up. I Scheduled a Doctor’s Appointment A couple of days ago, my throat started to feel sore. I blamed it on the change in temperature and didn’t let the minor ailment hold me down. I went to work and the pain progressively got worse. When I went to the doctor, I was diagnosed with strep throat. Since the condition’s contagious, my aunts volunteered to keep my daughter overnight. If I didn’t take time to take care of myself, I may have been nursing a sick child this week as well. I Went to the Dentist Last month, I had a similar incident occur. My gums felt tender, so I called the dentist for a cleaning and exam. I learned that a cavity cracked. Despite having insurance—without a copay, I hadn’t sat in a dentist’s chair in a year. I Got a Massage, Mani, Pedi & Makeover To celebrate my birthday, I spent the day at a salon. It was long overdue! My massage therapist had to pull out a heated bamboo stick to loosen my tight muscles. I Started to Workout I haven’t been inside a gym, since I gave birth almost two years ago. To motivate myself out of a workout rut, I created a Dirty Girls run team called First Time Mudders. Next month, I’ll join other moms who don’t mind getting their hands dirty for a good cause. We’ll raise money for breast cancer and push each other outside of comfort zones as we push through a 5K mud filled obstacle course. Although I’m still not at the top of my priority list, I’m working my way up each day. This year, I plan to schedule appointments in advance instead of waiting until something goes wrong. I am learning that in order to make the world go round for everyone else, I must make my world more balanced. Hey DFTM Fam–How do you remember to make yourself a priority? 7 Responses Sheena Tatum May 30, 2013 I’m starting to treat myself more often, grabbing my favorite foods/cute clothes/accessories. On Mother’s Day, my mom and I got mani’s. I haven’t painted my nails in about a year. I try to keep my toes done though. I need to go to the dentist, but I’m scared! I need to work out as well. That 30 day squat challenge is pretty tempting. Reply firsttimemom June 15, 2013 I know! My manicurist today was shaking his head! lol Let me know how the squat challenge goes! Reply Amiyrah May 31, 2013 I’ve made a point of adding a “me” section on my daily to-do list. Everyday, I make myself do something just for me. It may be only reading a book for 10 minutes, or giving myself a pedicure, but it’s an “assignment” that I must accomplish for me each day. I’ve been a better Mom and wife since I started this. Reply firsttimemom June 15, 2013 What a great idea! Today I FINALLY got a mani and pedi for thw warm weather. Met time means I can break out my sandals! lol Reply Arelis Cintron June 4, 2013 This seems to be advice that every mom seems to give, remember to take care of you. I know its probably easier said than done so I try and do these things for myself now. Reply MELISASource June 5, 2013 Kudos to you!!! I love the things you did for yourself–these are things that all Moms need to make time to do for themselves (including me! LOL) Thanks so much for sharing1 Reply MJ September 25, 2014 I’m still finding it hard to make time for me. Doctor/dentist visits I do but that’s pretty much it. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.