The topic of self-care seems to be everywhere. It’s important to take some time for yourself, but it also depends on how you are currently treating yourself. I started to feel guilty after reading articles about how you “should be” getting pedicures and going to yoga on the weekends. It felt like one more thing was added to my to-do list. How am I going to sneak in some self-care?
It was then I realized the articles I was reading was missing something, the mention of work. Work at first has nothing to do with self-care. But I like to work, and I choose to work for a myriad of reasons.
I love my daughter and I love family time. I love sneaking out of work early to be home for bedtime. I love spending my days off, focused on her. I love how she has reached the age where she wants to hold my hand and sit in my lap. I constantly engage in conversations with other working moms to discuss the coveted “work-life balance”, because it’s hard. Work and family are just plain hard.
But I also look forward to Monday’s and going back to the work-week. I love sipping my coffee on my morning commute while I read over work emails. I love wearing my work clothes, treating myself to lunches and even going to the bathroom when I so please! I love feeling important and needed (in a different way than motherhood). I like having adult conversations and having purpose outside my family. It reminds me of who I was before becoming a mother, and that person hasn’t changed much.
Don’t get me wrong, if I won the mega lotto- I would quit my job on the spot! But once I started thinking that my everyday 9-5 job was contributing to my self-care, I felt better and more at ease with the mom guilt that is associated with “leaving your children with complete strangers to raise them”.
Post written by Megan Senese
Megan loves helping women succeed and is passionate about spreading the word, resources and tools to ensure women have an equal chance. With over 10 years of experience in professional marketing and business development, she launched a resume writing business after years of writing other people’s resumes and seeing them succeed with the new version. If you are looking to make a career change, re-enter the workforce or just find a new job- check her out at www.mksresumeservices.com