Mothers work hard taking caring of their children and husband. I know because I am one of those moms. I am a mother of two children and a wife of a wonderful husband. I often would find myself exhausted from feeding the family, changing diapers, pampering my husband and cleaning the house. I would feel like I have a hundred little jobs that would run be ragged and depleted every ounce of energy that I had. I realized I wasn’t doing anything to nurture myself throughout the day. I was pushing myself to the limit, which wasn’t good for my overall health. I realized I have a responsibility to take care of myself so I won’t be deadbeat mom. There are things that you as a mom can do to help nourish your overall well being.
Talk to friends and family. Moms often live in a secluded world with the focusing being on just taking care of the family. Feelings may development that are often buried within which can contribute to feelings of stress and aches throughout the body. Talking to a trusted friend or family member is a great way to express what you are feeling and going through. The person you are talking with may be able to provide some insight, which can be helpful. Even if you don’t have anything on your mind that is wearing you down it is still nice to take a break in the day and talk with someone.
Say, “Not right now.” When you feel like your family is bombarding you left and right with different things just tell them, “Not right now.” You shouldn’t feel like you have to do everything your family wants you do to. Being super mom is only going to lead to a deadbeat mom. If your family can’t understand then tuff cookies they are just going to have to get used to the new energetic healthy mom.
Ask for help. You have a right to ask for help. The home you live in doesn’t just belong to you it belongs to the whole family. Your children should be cleaning up their room and doing chores around the house that are age appropriate. Your husband should be helping out. Doing some of the work to keep the house clean and in good condition. You can also ask for help from friends and family. This is especially crucial if your not feeling too good and your husband is not home to help out.
Take a break. During the day avoid working every minute. Take breaks every so often. Do something that will relax you. You can watch television, read a book, take a bath, take a walk, nap or anything else that comes to mind that will help revitalize you.
Avoid being a clean freak. The house really doesn’t have to be perfect all the time. It is especially difficult to keep it in tip top shape if you have children. Just do the best you can and don’t stress over it.
These are some tips that I helped me feel energized and healthy. I think these tips will help you too. Always remember not to put yourself in the back burner and that you are just as important as everyone else in the family. When you take care of yourself you will be able to take care of everything else.