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Discovering Me Time

Updated on February 12, 2012

Me Time

Me Time Found in Practicing Piano

I did not set out to find my own space/ Me Time! The Me Time I love is just practicing piano. It is the only 30 minutes a day, but I love it! I love it because I am giving myself 100% of my own attention to me. What is my body doing in response? I am focused, listening, thinking of beats and just the sheer sound of whatever melody I play.

I think everyone needs to have their own, " Me Time." I, like many career mom's, juggle work, family, sports, kids social calendars, volunteer etc. I know on some days I am mentally so drained from running my kids to their things, keeping home, grocery shopping, cheering them at their events, cooking, shopping,caring for pets, going out with a girlfriend, other family obligations and being a wife.

Interestingly, when we bought the piano it was for my daughter who expressed an interest in studying piano. I thought to myself, I have always wanted to play. So I signed up for lessons too. When the instructor, John asked me about my skill level, I told him, "I have none. I just want to learn how to play. I am in no rush."John asked me what types of music I liked. Gosh, I like jazz fusion, anything with sax and horns, rock, disco, alternative & easy listening.

After my first class, I was thinking, "Wow, now I have to practice.!" When?

What I have discovered is that I practice when the mood strikes me. But for me it may be 15 minutes in the morning before work, !5 minutes before I start dinner and then another 30 minutes in the evening. I have discovered it relaxes me. "Trust me, when you have two girls, sometimes there is bickering so loud you just want ear plugs."

There has to be something said about finding things that can relax the mind and body. Everyone has their own thing. My husband has to work out. My best friend likes to cook.I know after I have practiced I feel like I have accomplished alittle something for me. In looking back to my teen years, i remember just turning up the volume to my favorite music and just going into a mental zone.It relaxed me then, the only difference is, now I can physically learn to play a melody.

Dopamine

Did you know dopamine is the reason we love music and why it has been around so long. Music has been known to induce dopamine. It is like a natural high. I know when ilisten to certain music, I kinda drift off mentally. It is a wonderful happy feeling.

Everyone Needs Some Me Time

Everyone needs and deserves me time. I think you have to carve it out somewhere in the day. I love my mornings. I love getting up, drinking my coffee and reading the paper, checking email before my kids get up. Now adays. i rarely get to do that. What has replaced my morning, me time, is our adopted dog. I have to walk her every morning. When the weather is nice out, I consider it me time. But, not in the winter.

When i practice the piano, I am guaranteed not to be disturbed. But If I am in any part of my home, my kids, dog and husband will find me. They will call out,"Where's mom and then a trail of requests will follow."

I don't feel guilty for having me time; neither should you! So go ahead, go carve out your own, "Me time!"

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Me time. How important it is. Even if you are not a career Mom. We all need time just to back up and regroup. The musical interlude is a powerful tool to use to accomplish this. Piano playing takes you to another place. Thank you for sharing this.

      I have mentioned you in a hub I wrote, Virginia, My Home Sweet Home, Discoveries (which does not mention my piano playing) but which does discuss discoveries which I make as a child that remain important today.

      thank you for sharing with us.

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      Olive Ellis 

      6 years ago

      We all need to take "me time" everyday to do whatever we want to do. My "Me time" is to listen to music and do some deep breathing for at least half and hour. It does a world of good and at the end I feel rejuvinated. Great hub! Keep sharing!

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      alphagirl 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for your thoughts! It is so important to have me time! I think discovering piano for me was a big bonus! I look back to my high school and college days and now know better why people zone out when they hear music that makes their heart sing!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      My parents made me take piano lessons when I was only five years old. I really didn't understand why I had to take lessons and have to admit I didn't appreciate the time it took to practice. As I grew older, I finally learned to love the calming effect I got from playing those ivory keys. Thanks for the education on Dopamine. It makes sense that this would be a key part of enjoying music. I think it is wonderful that you have found something beautiful that helps you find some "me" time.

    • alphagirl profile imageAUTHOR

      alphagirl 

      6 years ago from USA

      Nice to hear a man'a perspective! Thank you!

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      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I think Me Time is especially important for those tending to jobs and families at the same time. I'm glad you found something that brings you this time. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      kjforce 

      6 years ago from Florida

      As women we should All have some " Me Time"...men have had me time since the beginning of time, it's called "bathroom" think about it when was the last time anyone bothered Dad in the bathroom? seriously with todays lifestyle/stress, we need "downtime". One of my " me times" is putting on earphones and listening to rock-n-roll..brings back good memories, revitalizes and relaxes me..well written article, thanks for sharing.

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