Fighting depression that you no longer have time to yourself? Wishing you could run away from it all - kids, spouse, messy house, tantrums....?
Join the club. I have come to realise that my time is no longer only my time. My services can be called upon at any time of the day or night by the two tyrant kings that lord over our household. Daddy, carry me. Daddy, play the next video. Daddy, tell a story. Daddy, take us downstairs. Daddy, juice. Daddy, chips. Daddy, sussu. Daddy, water.
Sorry, I got a little carried away there. Point being that I can't have a drink, read a book or watch a movie at home without being interrupted practically every ten minutes. Though I love my kids, I know they can be really annoying. When they start whining, it gets worse. I really lose my cool.
Recently I stumbled on a solution. Actually it was in front of my eyes but I didn't relate to it. I had started working out at a new place about 18 months back. For this, I had to get up at 5 am three times a week, drive to the gym, work-out between 6 am and 7 am and reach back by 7.30 am. The kids didn't even realise that I was not there cause they were in dreamland. I was refreshed and energetic when I came back (maybe the fact that I was going to office soon also helped). It still didn't strike me to wake up early and do the things I like till I started a project.
The project required some un-interrupted brain cell activity. Anyway, I couldn't work on it after a stressful day at office. Come back home and there was barely enough time to freshen up and eat dinner then it would be bed time for the kids. No point in trying to slot something in between. So I decided to work on it in the morning. Anyway, I was getting up three times a week to work out. I might as well get up on the other days also and work on the project. When I started, what felt good was that I was able to use the loo without keeping a ear out for someone crying, having the first cup of coffee without any interruption. I could pretend that the house was mine alone, that no one lived here and I was a bachelor again.
Now I conjure up this image in my mind before I go to sleep. Trust me, it works. When the alarm rings, it is a big incentive to get off the bed. So go ahead and try it. Just one thing, remember to get into bed as early as possible else this just aint going to work. Oh another thing - of all the things I listed, having a drink in the morning is still not going to win you any brownie points. "No Honey, I just wanted to get it off my to-do list" is not going cut any ice.
Cheers, have fun in the AM.