Taking Sanity Breaks
When starting a new business,
many moms eagerly jump in with both feet and devote every single spare
nanosecond to their new business, often at the expense of everyone
and everything else. Not to say that working on your business every
chance you get is bad, but you should take a few of those chances
and use them for well-deserved sanity breaks.
Why take a sanity break?
For starters, a mom who is already running a household, along with
everyone in it, needs an occassional break to prevent burnout.
I know some of you would
never burn out, but the other 99% of the mommy population, myself
included, needs a sanity break for the sake of their sanity!
What constitutes a sanity
break? It means different things to different moms. It runs the gamut
from completing a scrapbook page to practicing yoga with new age music
playing in the background; from reading a romance novel to taking
a walk or jog with your daughter in a Baby Jogger Stroller.
What if, between kids,
husbands and household chores you don't have time? Try getting
up an hour before everyone else does for quiet "all by
myself" time. You may need an extra jolt of caffeine the first
few times, but it is worth it, particularly when it becomes a set
routine. Do you love Oprah, but you are always running carpool when
it is on? Tape it and watch it the next morning instead, while you
relax with your coffee. (If you are like me, you always put that hot
drink out of reach of curious hands, only to discover it, cold, hours
By taking sanity breaks,
you will rejuvinate yourself, and stay focused when you do have the
time to work on your business. And best of all, you will be much less
likely to get frustrated when things don't go exactly your way.