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Dear KRS,
I'm a 34 year old working mom who is having trouble finding time for myself. Since I had my baby, it seems that I finish my "paycheck job" and head home to another full time job.  Since she's in daycare all day, I want to be with her as much as possible the rest of the time.  I'm not asking for two weeks in Hawaii, just a break here and there.
No Time for Myself

Dear No Time for Myself,
It may not come as a surprise to you that the average combined home/office work week for women is 75 hours compared to only 62 hours for men (a 13 hour difference!). So you're not imagining things.  You really do have a demanding schedule.  But congratulations for recognizing that you need a "balance adjustment" instead of seeing how fast you can run and for how long.   A break "here and there" can be quite powerful and is well within your reach.  It will revitalize you to feel better about yourself and to be a better mom.  I'll give you a few ideas that you can expand to suit your particular lifestyle.  Write them down with others you think of so they'll be handy on days you are too exhausted to think.

Buy special soothing music to play in your car and at home instead of listening to the news (baby will respond to it too).  Make a ritual of taking a bath each night (after your little one is firmly ensconced in the Land of Nod).  Light candles, play soft music and sip herbal tea while you visualize being on a quiet beach in Hawaii.  It'll help restore mental and physical calm along with a sense of balance. 

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