This phrase is one I hear from the moment I wake up until I close their bedroom doors in the evening.
I think it’s the most used phrase in our home.
There is always a question to be answered, a request to be fulfilled, a sippy in need of a refill, a story to be heard, a silly act to be seen or a piece of artwork to be displayed.
All day. Every day. Around the clock.
And sometimes it gets to me. In a way that makes me want to pull my hair and scream, “MOMMY IS OFF DUTY FOR THE DAY!” I want to change my name, cover my ears, pretend I didn’t hear it or run up to my bedroom and lock myself in. I wish I was kidding. But we all know it’s true. We all do it from time to time.
Motherhood is demanding.
As a mom, our job never ends. We are on duty 24 hours a day. We sacrificially serve our families, we train our children and many of us are schooling them as well. Many times our service goes unnoticed because it simply comes with the job title.
The greatest job on the earth, if I may add.
While we may love our job, it can be draining both physically and emotionally. And if we are honest, mentally too. Depending on the season it may be one or all of those combined!
Just like with any other job out there, moms can face burnout. When we begin to be resentful, impatient, snappy, unhappy and frustrated with all that is on our plate we need to take a step back and examine what is going on in our heart.
Many times, we will find that we are in need of some alone time doing something that fills up our souls. Something that replenishes our spirit so that we can pour out once again. I’m not talking about things like scrolling our Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest feed here. When we are not filling up ourselves with meaningful things that fill our soul, we are going to run dry and have nothing else to offer our families.
Taking time for yourself is the key to serving your family with a joyful attitude.
Taking time for yourself is the fuel that you need to keep going.
Taking time for yourself makes you feel like more than just a mom.
Taking time for yourself makes you enjoy being just a mom.
Taking time for yourself is okay to do.
Taking time for yourself doesn’t make you a bad mom.
Taking time for yourself doesn’t make you a failure.
Taking time for yourself is wise.
So next time you want to hide away in your bedroom, schedule time away where you can you do something that makes you happy. Take a break from the demands of life for 20 minutes and sit in the quiet, read a book, draw, paint, sew, or write. Take the time to figure out what activities you are passionate about and start doing them.
Motherhood doesn’t mean we have to stop having passions and hobbies that we enjoy.
Stop letting mommy guilt hold you back from taking time for yourself. Your kids will be okay and they will still love you.
You will be a better mom when you take care of yourself. Which means you will serve them with a more joy filled attitude. Which means you husband and kids will be happier because Mama is happy.
We set the tone in our home, let’s be sure we are setting the right one.
Taking care of yourself shouldn’t be something that may or may not happen once in awhile, it should be but a must.
I want to encourage you to start making time for yourself a priority. Carve out time in your day, your week and your month.
Because you are important, Mama.
Your turn! Do you think it is important for moms to take time for themselves? Do you struggle with mommy guilt when you do? Let’s talk in the comments below!
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