Being a stay at home mom can be taxing, being a homeschooling mom can be even more so! Sometimes it is as if we NEVER get a break!
BUT, it is important that we remember to take time for ourselves!
I know it’s easier said then done, but set aside a bit of time each day to relax, read, meditate, exercise…whatever, but some amount of time for you to prepare for or regenerate from the day (or both, if you can!).
Set aside time as often as possible (whether it be weekly, monthly, quarterly) where you do something for YOU and only YOU. It can be a girls night out, a pedicure, a massage, a crafting day. It can be whatever you want to do, but do it kid free (unless you have a nursing baby you can’t break away from). It doesn’t have to cost money, but you do have to have a good time!
Don’t feel guilty about it! I have heard so many women say they feel guilty for leaving their husbands with the kids, or taking time for themselves. First of all, your husband is their parent too! Second of all, you deserve it!
Take time to nurture your marriage. Now this isn’t just solely for you, but happy marriages help make happy moms! Continue to date! Thank your husband kindly for watching the kids, so you could get away a bit! Unplug for at least one night a week and relax with your husband after the kids are in bed.
Sometimes we just need to be reminded to do something for ourselves, since we are always so busy doing for everyone else!
Do you take regular time for yourself? What do you do? If you don’t what would you do if you did? Share in a comment below, help motivate other moms and give ideas!
Typically every other month I take a girls night out with my girl friends. In the evenings I like to relax and watch a TV show while my husband gets the kids in bed. Occasionally I’ll get a pedicure (though it is really rare). In the past I’ve gone away on scrapbooking retreats 1-2 times a year for 2 nights. Sometimes my husband will take the kids for a day, and I just relax at home. Taking a nice long shower, or warm bath. So how about you?
I have also found that if I get up a little earlier in the morning (it’s impossible to get up before my oldest) and get fully dressed, and make breakfast for the kids…I have a much better day! I recently invested in some new clothes for myself, something I rarely do. Looking nice….even if just for myself, has had a huge impact on my attitude!
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