Stop and refresh yourself

I’m sure you’ve never been so busy that you forgot to feed yourself a meal or two, I mean, who does that? Apparently, all of us Moms. We’ve all been to the point of serving everyone else that we are almost always the last ones to sit down, rest and enjoy a nice warm meal. Instead, we end up eating left over sandwich crust and puffs and then moving on to the next thing that requires our absolute, undivided attention. 

“My hardest struggle as a Mom has been to create time for myself and to do things that refresh me.”

I have been caught in the trap of neglecting myself and the health of my spirit many times as a Mom. I can tell when I’m starting to get to the edge because everything will begin to frustrate me, from the kids being too loud and messy to my husband not picking up his clothes (which is a battle I will never win). My hardest struggle as a Mom has been to create time for myself and to do things that refresh me. I realize that when I refresh and feed my soul, I am a happier and more enjoyable person to be around. When I don’t, no one is happy! 

“We have much more influence in our family than I think we credit ourselves with. ”

After I had my second baby I can remember feeling anxiety leaving the house to go and do something for myself. I felt like I could barely make it through the day on my own with two kids now, how in the world would my husband or babysitter be able to do it without me? When I finally did end up leaving the house 30 minutes later than planned, I over scheduled and over prepared to the point of creating more stress for myself. 

We forget, or maybe don’t even realize the atmosphere we set in our own households especially when we are stressed. We have much more influence in our family than I think we credit ourselves with. This is why its so important that we ourselves are being refreshed. Its not easy to leave the kids for a whole day, but sometimes you just have to do it. 

What makes you happy? What do you enjoy doing? Write those things down, schedule time in your calendar for “Mommy time”. I know it can be hard in some seasons. I think there was even a point in my own life when someone asked me what my hobbies were and what I enjoyed doing. I honestly couldn't answer that question because I had put myself at the bottom of the "to do list". So even if you have a hard time getting away or your in a season where you feel like there's no time you could possibly make time to refresh yourself. Just remind yourself that you have a family that depends on you. They need you whole and healthy not burning the candle at both ends.