Self · Balance

Erasing the Guilt of Self-Care


I am steadily working on the new year’s goals I set for myself: getting in better physical shape, losing weight, eating better, etc. The one I seem to struggle with is setting aside time to read. Why is that? Because I feel GUILTY if I just sit quietly and read. I’m pretty sure I have the adult version of ADD because I don’t sit still for very long. Maybe that’s it. Or is it a left over “mom” thing?

I have gotten into the habit of doing some sort of exercise most days. And I don’t have a problem with other forms of self-care: hair, nails, an occasional facial. Why won’t I make time to read? I love to read. Reading is good for the soul.

Because it feels frivolous.

But, you say, the other things are frivolous for sure! And I think I’ve figured it out. The other “indulgences” take place SOMEWHERE ELSE. When I want to sit and read there’s the laundry staring at me, or the floors that need to be vacuumed, or the dishwasher that needs to be unloaded and reloaded (I hate it)–you get the picture.

So either I’m going to have to leave the house and find a nice quiet place to read, or I’m going to put my blinders on and sit in my comfy chair, open a book and let the written words take me away, if only for a little while. These quotes remind me why I MUST carve out time daily to read:

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” – W. Somerset Maugham

“A well-read woman is a dangerous creature.” – Lisa Kleypas

“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives.” – Roald Dahl

What is your guilty pleasure? And how do you handle it? I’d love to know yours, or how you would handle mine!

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