If you are anything like me, taking care of yourself isn't high on your radar. How can it be, really? Our family has needs and needs we must provide. However, I want to make you stop and ask yourself this very important question… “How do you take care of YOU?”
How Do You Take Care of You?
There is so much to pull you in all directions, providing for your husband and children, being their for your family, neighbors, church and friends and keeping up with the housework and feeding the troops. There are just so many hours in a day and never seem to have enough to get it all done, and enough time to really do what you feel you need to really be taken care of the way you need it.
I want to challenge you by telling you that is really just a mindset that needs to be broken!
I have just recently realized how much I was holding on to a myth of moms, especially homeschooling moms, not having enough time to take care of themselves and meeting their own needs. Although I'm just realizing this, I'm fighting the lie daily and working to make new habits that will ensure that I'm taking care of myself to be there for my family with my focus, energy and attention that they really need from me… a healthy me.
Find Time to Exercise
I have struggled with health issues for years and recently my health has gotten so much better, but I'm left with a lot of extra weight gain from the side effects of my health issues and needing to make myself a priority to get fit and exercise for the health benefits itself.
I have just finished 8 full weeks of exercising every day, for a minimum of 30 minutes. I start with a commitment to myself to do 100 days straight, with no excuses. I have been faithful with it, even when I had a low grade fever and full days. It amazes me how even if I don't feel well before exercising that I will start to feel better afterwards.
Only twenty-five days into this challenge of exercising everyday for 100 days straight, I realized that I was going to make it a full year because of the results that I was experiencing. You can follow my journey on Instagram with #changedin365.
Find Time to Recharge
Knowing what makes you feel whole is important and will quickly turn anyone who struggles with being joyful in their daily routines to someone who can smile at the mundane.
Over the last 10 years, I have learned a few things that make me feel whole, more taken care of and stronger for those that I care most about. Here are things that I have found works for me and helps me recharge in the midst of our crazy days:
- Time with my family and friends
- Time on my front porch
- Essential oils to recharge me
Find Time for My Interest
We are all created to be individuals with interests. Moms are always putting these interest aside while we raise our children, and this alone can be a source of losing time to take care of ourselves. I really find that I feel taken care of if I can take 15 minutes or more doing something that interests me and brings joy to my life.
Some of my current interests are:
- playing the piano
- DIY shows
- DIY projects around my house
I encourage you to take some time to contemplate what you do that makes you feel empowered and work it into your life. It is so important to take care of yourself and making a part of your day a priority to yourself.
You may also like my post 7 Ways a Mom Can Refresh in the Chaos, since some Moms really can't take too much time for themselves in their season of life with little ones, but it is still important to try!