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.
WHY I TAKE TIME FOR ME AND YOU SHOULD TOO
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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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