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Mama-take a break! You deserve it!

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My quiet place
Beep. Beep. Beep. 3:40 my husband’s alarm went off Its spring break here. My kids were all sleeping. Silence. Solitude. I knew I would have at least three hours before my kids woke up for the day. Instead of falling back asleep I took full advantage of the quiet time.  My body was aching for sleep, but my mind was aching to be productive. So I cleaned the kitchen, did laundry, did some reading, and took a bath.  A nice hot bath without interruptions. I had a cup of tea, reading material ready, and hot water all just for me.
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Second view of my quiet place
I cherish my quiet time. My littles take naps while the older ones are in school.  I try to make sure that I get daily quiet time to myself. I try to not overload our family schedule with too much busyness.  We have certain priorities of course between family, school, and church; however, too much in our social calendar causes distractions for my family.  We need time to be together as a family. Time to play games, do homework, or just talk. I am big on that. However, the bigger my kids get the more things that pop up. Stress and burnout happen easily. I tend to carry too much stress at time. Being anxious wreaks havoc on me both physically and mentally; and I usually end up taking it out on my family.  
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Burnout
Did you know that the average mom gets just 17 minutes a day to herself? One study found that  51% of mom’s regularly go whole weeks without even a single minute relaxing on their own. And  nearly 3/4 of the 2,000 mothers studied felt they lived their lives entirely for other people. Whoa!

You got this mama!  You are doing great.  Don’t try to be the Pinterest mom who has it all down. Nobody is that good, that perfect. If you make mistakes, learn from them.  Pick one day a week and eat sandwiches, chips, and fruit; instead of stressing over what is for dinner. Let your kids do the chores. Don’t try to be a super mom.  Smile, laugh, and enjoy those babies. Have confidence that you are doing the best you can do.  Are your children fed? Do they wear clean clothes? Do you tell them on a daily basis you love them?  If so, you are fine.

3.  Wake up 30 minutes early: Or stay up slightly later if you are a night owl.

I am a morning person. I am more productive in the morning. I can do more in 30 minutes without my children awake than I often get done all day. Use this time to read, pray, exercise, or relax in a hot bath.

4. Reward yourself:

Buy yourself a yummy treat just for you. Put in a secret spot that only you know where it is. Enjoy it, savor it.  Have a favorite series or movie you want to watch. Buy it, and enjoy it by yourself. Eat your favorite snack with it. Tell yourself this a reward. Do what you need to do to etch this time out in your schedule once or twice a week. Go ahead you deserve it.

5.  Exercise:

There are so many benefits to exercising, both physically and mentally.  Of course, we should all exercise to be healthy, but mentally we need it, too. When I am stressed to the point I am going to cry or scream, I lace up my shoes and out the door I go. Thankfully, my husband understands this and does not even question it.  He understands that I will come back from a walk or hike in a much better mood because my perspective has changed. Whether I take 20 minutes or am gone for a hour, I needed it. Take the time for yourself doing an physical activity that you enjoy. Trust me you will feel so much better.

6.  Schedule girl time:

I have a great group of girlfriends that have been around since the beginning of time. We try to schedule a ‘ladies night’ every so often. No kids allowed. No spouses.  Usually coffee and ice cream is on the menu. There is plenty of talking and catching up. We swap recipes, laugh at kid stories, and come back feeling recharged. There are many other things that can be done of course, and these are just a few ideas to get you started.  Please take time as a mom for yourself.  Your husband and children need you at your best.  You cannot be your best if you are stressed and anxious.  A calm, rest, and recharged mom is at her best! Have some grace for yourself!  Nobody is harder on you, than you. Breathe. Rest. Relax.        

One thought on “Mama-take a break! You deserve it!

  1. I love this, and reading this is so timely! I find myself getting stressed way too easily these days. Sometimes it feels like I have to choose between sleep and a quiet moment, when I really need a little of both. Thanks for this reminder to recharge!

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