As I am taking care of my middle daughter who is sick, it seems like there is no rest for moms. I just had more dental work done and am sick as well. As moms we are the caretakers of health and of our homes, but who takes care of us? I have no doubts that most of us are busy moms, we need to learn to value ourselves as a person and schedule some personal time for us. Most of us do not even know how to relax!
Personal time is a right of being a person, even us moms are people and we should get some personal time as well. Each of us has the capacity to nurture others but that type of care takes its toll.
We fill our car up with gas to make it run. We run run run and the gas runs out and the car won’t move…that is of course unless the car is refueled with gasoline. The same goes for us. Emotional issues can develop when you don’t take the time to take care of your emotional well-being, not to mention the physical results of emotional neglect. This is especially true for those of us that deal with a chronic illness. Depression is a major issue when you are fighting illness.
Think of Mom time as the service station. You refuel your tank so that you can give to your family as well as yourself. Don’t feel guilty about sitting for fifteen minutes doing nothing. Also, I find that it is important to practice Earthing. Go outside barefoot and stand in the grass and the dirt. I haven’t purchased earthing sheets or mats, but I know my time with nature helps me tremendously! I read a lot, mainly at night. It helps me relax and shut off my brain.
Original image credit: © Ryan Pike
Here are a some tips to help you fit in some mom time:
1. Get up early if you have to. When you have kids, the day begins at a hurried pace. Once you hit the ground running, there is no stopping you. Waking 30 minutes to an hour ahead of time means quiet solitude to drink your coffee, read a book, meditate or listen to music.
2. Turn ordinary experiences into major events. When you take a bath, add candles, bubble bath, quiet music and/or an inflatable bath pillow. I prefer to listen to music designed to help me relax as well as help me with pain levels. Binaural Beats are great! You can learn more if you Click Here! Your regular bath has now become a spa level experience. If you watch a movie, turn out the lights, pop a bag of microwave popcorn and curl up on the couch.
3. Ask your husband for help. Kids love their mothers but time spent with dad is important too. Let them bond with dad while you go shopping for a new outfit or root around in the garden. Since the time is yours, do whatever you like.
4. Take exercise breaks. When you get a few minutes the last thing you want to do is exercise but getting a little physical activity in your day has far-reaching implications. Exercise helps you to think clearly and stretches the muscles. Also, stress will drain away as powerful endorphins are released into your system. Do jumping jacks during a television commercial or jog to the bus stop to pick up the kids. For me, I go Roller Skating!
5. Laugh at regular intervals. Laughing releases stress and can lift your spirits significantly. It also keeps the abs tight.
Moms, take care of you. Your family would miss you if you were not around to love and care for them. You owe it to yourself and you deserve a break from the daily hustle and bustle.
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Kim @ This Ole Mom says
Hi Brandy, Yes Moms need to take more time for themselves but we don’t we always put family first no matter what! I agree laughing helps relieve stress. I laugh often my family thinks I’m nuts because I’ll just laugh at everything but it seems to make ever thing better at least for that moment. How is your daughter feeling? Your photography is gorgeous. I saw that you had CRPS/RSD I have never heard of this before, I will look it up. Stay strong. I have Lupus some days are good other days suck! I Just take one day at a time with a few good laughs ! Hugs #MBCircleOfFriends