I don’t often have a lie in. Usually because I naturally wake. Noah who is 3 tends to come and find me early on so it works quite well.
This week we are on holiday with my mum. She stays up later than we do and sleeps in later in the morning. I have been enjoying staying up with her but then in the mornings the wake up call from Noah has not been quite so welcome!
This morning he came and got into my bed at about half 6. I would have loved it except that he insisted in taking up all of the space. I am in a single bed and he put his head on top of mine, then under mine, it was the last thing I wanted.
He asked me to make him porridge so I got up and did it, then he said he wasn’t ready for breakfast. He said he wanted to do yoga and when we started he just climbed all over me again. I could feel myself getting irritated.
Rather than get cross with Noah I suggested that he might want to watch some Octonauts, he leapt at this option. Really this wouldn’t be my favourite plan, I am not usually one for plonking him in front of a screen, but I knew I needed some time to myself.
So I set Noah up on the sofa with the iPad and a blanket, he was happy and quiet. Hurray for the Octonauts. I did my yoga and a meditation, I was happy and quiet! Perfect. By the time I had given my body and mind a gentle work out I felt a million times better. A bit of chill out time suited Noah too, after 40 minutes of doing our own thing we were ready to enjoy the day together.
Setting some time aside for yourself isn’t selfish. On the contrary it can often prepare you for being with others, for enjoying your time with them fully. Learning some simple exercises that allow you to start your day in the best possible state of mind is so worth doing. Come on a Revitalise Day to see what a difference it could make to you and to your relationships.