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Between being a mom, running a business and taking care of a household, life can get busy.

The problem is though if I do not take time for me, I quickly start to feel burnt out.

I used to make excuses to not make myself a priority, after all giving myself permission to take a break is giving up, isn’t it?

The truth is though, it isn’t giving up. In fact, it is taking charge.


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You see, I was once of the mindset that doing something that is solely for me was selfish.

I used to think that spending time relaxing in a bubble bath, reading a book was sending some kind of negative message to my family.

I was under the impression that allowing myself any kind of freedom and joy outside of my life as a mom was simply wrong. I used to make excuses that there were not enough hours in the day.

After all, I was busy raising children, cleaning the house, scavenging for clothes through what seemed like never-ending baskets of laundry that needed to be folded, working and being a wife to my husband.

Where was this time for me that I was supposed to be taking and why in the world would I want to take it?

I must be selfish, I thought.

Then one day something happened.

I started feeling so run down that I was unsure that I could carry on the way things had been going.

As I stared at my calendar full of events that I just couldn’t say no to participating in, I got this overwhelming feeling of dread.

Why had I agreed to all these things?

How in the world was I possibly going to make 80 cupcakes for the kids’ classes AND still find time to take them to their extracurricular activities?

This is when I realized that my constant feelings of being rushed, stressed and losing myself, were my fault.

I had refused myself any downtime and now I was burning out.

This is the day I made some phone calls to cancel a few things I just knew I couldn’t participate in, bought 80 cupcakes, took the kids to their extracurriculars and came home to some free time at the end of the day.

I put the kids to bed, grabbed a good book that I hadn’t read in ages, ran an Epsom salt bath and sunk in with a deep relaxed sigh.

After that bath, I decided to paint my toenails and French braid my hair while drinking a cup of warm chamomile tea in bed.

I felt so relaxed.  I had forgotten what it had felt like to take care of myself.

The next morning, I woke up feeling refreshed.

I looked down at my pretty fuchsia toenails and was reminded that I too deserve to be cared for. I felt a new vigor I hadn’t felt in a long time.

All the excuses to overload my schedule melted away.

The guilt I once felt for wanting time to myself dissipated, and I emerged a new woman.

A new mother with more patience and joy than before.

I have since learned to say no to obligations that I know will overload my schedule and make sure to take time for me as often as possible.

My family doesn’t feel neglected as I once thought they would.

In fact, they are grateful that I am healthier and happier and better able to manage the family.

After all, when I take care of myself, I am better equipped to take care of others.

While I thought I was doing a good job parenting before, and I was, I wasn’t doing an amazing job loving myself and self-love makes all the difference in the way you care for others, your mood and your overall health.

So, why do I take time for me?

Simply because I love my family and they deserve the best me I can be.

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Ali P

Sunday 28th of July 2019

It's important to take care of yourself! Make yourself a priority!

Anne Taylor

Saturday 27th of July 2019

Its so important to take care of one's self. I don't do it as much as I should.


Saturday 27th of July 2019

Good points, I forget to take time for me. I am going to take some time this weekend and do an activity I enjoy.

Carole D

Friday 26th of July 2019

Taking time for our self is so important! It's time to relax and recharge!

kathy downey

Friday 26th of July 2019

Taking time for yourself is so important ! Great post !