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YOU’VE GOT TO FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT…..

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By contributing writer Danee Riggs

In a world where every imaginable opportunity for pampering exists; from mani/pedi’s and Swedish massages, to Day Spas and innumerable beauty regimens, why then does it take so much effort for us as parents/caregivers to do something for ourselves?
Wait, I get it. Here it is; YOU NOW HAVE PERMISSION TO TAKE TIME OUT FOR YOU! Not only do you have permission, you have a responsibility to yourself and your family to take care of yourself. The age old adage asks how you can take care of others when you’re all broken down yourself. The truth is, you probably won’t be that nice to be around, either. Breakfast and lunch, work, play dates, dinner shopping, and errands you do for others, community service, etc. are all things that must get done but it is imperative that you make some time to do something nice for yourself. Otherwise stress, disease, mental and physical breakdowns, anger issues and overall grouchiness are bound to ensue.
As for me, I have decided to add a regular workout to my schedule again. I was actually a gym rat before my  daughter was born so I know that physical activity not only increases brain function (great for a writer-girl like me) but it staves off depression, encourages positive moods and thoughts and you end up looking and feeling great! (These are all positive side effects that I’ve personally experienced and YES, I approved this message!)
It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg either. I actually started by just walking up and down the stairs about 8 to 10 times in a row (and no, not counting the seemingly constant up and down that comes with having a toddler). Live in an apartment? Walk around the block a few times. Seriously, get your ipod, zune, smart phone or whatever and get your arms and legs pumping. Do it purposely!
Ok sure, you want to start small. Go ahead and get a mani or pedi, buy yourself some new shoes or a new tie. Treat yourself to something that you’ve been wanting. Remember though, at the end of the day the best thing you can do for yourself is to take care of your physical and mental wellbeing. Your family values you even when they don’t say it. You should too!

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