I know. The irony that I am talking about the need for Me Time on a website dedicated to spending weekends doing fun stuff doesn't escape me.
But while some of you are perusing these pages looking for indulgent, whimsical or exotic ways to while away the hours, many of you are harried parents desperately trying to find activities to amuse and occupy your demanding offspring.
Me Time: good for what ails you
It is for those people that this article is written.
When was the last time you took some time for yourself? And I don't mean researching kids activities online or updating your life status in 140 characters or less.
Author, blogger, psychologist and Perth gal Glennys Marsdon spent the better part of a year researching that elusive entity: 'me time'. But her resultant book Me Time doesn't merely tell us what we already know – that we need it – it tells us how to get it, and most importantly (especially for parents) how to get it without feeling guilty.
Author Glennys Marsdon
The book outlines over 100 strategies and tips on how to gain me time, and it doesn't need to come at a cost. No more mother guilt about having five minutes to yourself.
But how do you get it?
Me Time is split into eight sections, and offers some really practical suggestions how you can find time even in the busiest day – from using your iPod as a cone of silence when you don't want to engage with people, to using ad breaks as a three minute yoga session (with the TV on mute of course).
Not all suggestions will work for your situation but you'd have to be the most isolated, selfish or lonely person on the planet not to benefit from at least some of the tips. Each page comes with not only a practical suggestion where you can find me time, but a bonus strategy to lose the guilts if you think it's too indulgent. Such as going to the movies solo (going on your own means you can choose your own film, and sit in your preferred seat), if you feel guilty, tell yourself you are improving your creativity.
Me Time is many things. It's practical, it's realistic, it's helpful. It would make a nice gift. It's also really funny, and doesn't take itself too seriously. That being said, it's based on serious research and we can all benefit from having time where we can recharge or be alone or be absent: whatever you need.
It's amazing how many of the suggestions are so simple and achievable, yet I never would have thought of them, and as a mother of three small children I love and need my me time.
Me Time is available at The Inspiration Factory Bookshop in Subiaco (339 Churchill Ave Subiaco) RRP$22.95 or you can buy direct from the author for $15 plus postage.