I admit it, I’ve indulged in pampering myself over the years. I’ve gotten massages, head and facial shaves, manicures, and pedicures. Pedicures are the best, but I’ll save that for a future post. We are so accustomed to taking care of our spouses, family members, staff members, students, and school community that we neglect to sufficiently take care of ourselves. I found some white space time recently in the middle of a non-school day. Luckily, we have a Jacuzzi tub in our master bathroom that I occasionally enjoy. I filled the tub with warm water, added bubble bath and essential oils, dimmed the lights, turned on Sirius XM Radio to the Spa channel, activated the Jacuzzi jets and white spaced it for 30 minutes. It was so peaceful and calmimg that I was even relaxed for my dentist appointment that followed and those who know me well know that is not easy! You might not have a Jacuzzi tub but I’m sure you have a bathtub you can fill with warm water, bubbles, and essential oils, listen to your favorite music and give yourself 30 minutes of white space time. You deserve to pamper yourself.
Maybe you, like me, don’t get much alone time. At school I can create alone time by closing my office door but it just doesn’t feel right to do that. I feel I should be visible and accessible. And, since my husband works from home, having alone time there is a rarity. However, I have found that early morning when I am awake and Kip is still sleeping gives me some alone white space time. I’ve discovered that by getting up an hour earlier, I can create white space time for myself. I could just get up earlier and lose an hour of sleep, but to stay healthy, I make sure to go to bed at a reasonable time so I get a good night’s sleep. Typically, I go to bed at 9:00 and get up at 5:00. This gives me eight hours of sleep while having white space time from 5:00-6:00. I know not everyone can do this because of work, family, a longer commute, extracurricular, and other commitments, but perhaps you could start by doing this once a week then work to expand that. I know I find my early morning white space time to be relaxing, peaceful, and a great way to slowly start my day.