I know many of you who receive my newsletters are not parents or have children who have flown the nest. Many of my newsletter are now about parenting and teenagers. I still like to send out my newsletters in case you know someone or can forward the email on to someone else. However, if they seem no longer relevant to you, I won’t be offended if you want to unsubscribe. I will continue to blog about other areas, I am very interested in trauma and it’s impact and will be blogging about that from time to time. Anyway I hope this is of interest – The Importance of ‘me time’ which everyone needs:
It comes at us from all angles, the importance of taking time out, getting a break, having a change, and I think in our heart of hearts we know it’s true. It seems to me the people who need the break most are maybe the least likely to take the time as we are the busiest and are relied upon the most.
When was the last time you took a complete break away from family life on your own? I have to hold my hand up, prior to last year I had never had a break on my own (above about 90 minutes at yoga or while the kids were at the park with Dad) until I decided enough was enough and I went on a rural crafts retreat. I completely flopped, didn’t take any note of the time, did as I was asked and took no initiative of my own, left my tent door open so all my stuff got wet in the rain, sat by the camp fire and drank home made damson alcohol (of some description) and totally loved it, I returned home to relative calm with bag full of crafty items to show my children. Nothing was going to stop me now, I vowed to get away alone once a year (at least) from now on. I kept my promise and a month ago I went away on a yoga retreat and again enjoyed the experience, only thinking of myself, going along to everything that was offered and getting as much as I could from it.
For me that’s the most enjoyable and invigorating bit, only having to think of myself, to let others take care of the time, as a parent everything is rush, rush, rush – school, cubs, choir, brownies, make the tea, do the washing etc etc etc.
I feel it’s really important to look after parents (and maybe particularly Mums) we are the lynch pin, we make things happen, we are the glue in the family, we coordinate, organise and get the job done (rightly or wrongly).
So I came up with an idea to do something, create a ‘me time’ retreat somewhere nice and quiet away from it all for a few hours. I’ve found a quiet location in the lovely loft room at Millfield Fitness a lovely room where you can feel away from it, just a few miles from home. It’s no more than you deserve.
It was important to me to ask locally based practitioners to help run the event who realise the importance of looking after yourself so you can carry on with your life.
So the date is set for Sunday 15th May, 2pm – 5:30pm at Millfield Fitness (link below). We shall enjoy yoga, massage, aromatherapy, hypnotherapy, locally sourced drinks and treats. I will update the Facebook event as the finer details emerge.
It’s open to all parents who need a break, there are only 6 spaces available. There is an early bird rate of £54.99 (until 15th April) then it will be £69.99 after that. (More than £80 if these sessions were taken separately). If you want to avoid the eventbrite fees, ask for my bank or paypal details to pay direct, also if you want to pay in instalments let me know.
All that’s left for me to say now is – hope to see or hear from y
P.S I would love to run an overnight retreat one day……
P.P.S Don’t forget the next Parent Social on Thursday 24th March at Love to Eat in Dringhouses – 9:30-11am.