Taking Care Of Yourself As A Mom
Earlier today I was on the phone with my bestie and we were talking about the embarrassment I feel from it. Stress.
I told her that it seems every mom would suffer from stress of some sort. Laundry, work, bills, dishes, potty training, dinner, grocery shopping and so the list goes on. You know it all too well, I’m sure.
After we hung up, I began to do my devotion using the Busy Mom’s Bible. It’s unlike most Bibles in the way that you search for things. Instead of searching for verse based on topic, you search for them based upon your mood. Let’s face it, that’s something that all women need.
Anyways, sprinkled through the Bible there are several devotions. Each devotion has a clock next to it showing you about how long that devotion will last, they range in time from one minute, 5 minutes, or ten minutes. This is the main reason I bought this particular Bible. Spending time with God almost feels like a luxury rather than a need some days. Even though I love daily devotions and quiet time with God, it’s rather unrealistic to take 30 minutes to an hour uninterrupted. Just trying to do something so grand can put me in a bad mood, completing defeating the point in the first place.
One minute I’ll be reading verses about doing everything in love and the next minute I’m trying not to loose my temper over spilt cheerios and milk or the fact that one kid is hitting the other.
Back to the stress. Apparently it has been getting to me lately. It creeps in like a slow monster, ready to devour you at the first sight of something gone wrong. Obviously I don’t have all my own quirks worked out yet as I was telling my girlfriend that stress is a battle for me right now. I don’t want to become stressed out and the I end up feeling guilty over being stressed, which only adds to a more stressful situation.
Currently, I am staying at home with my kids and I won’t say that is more stressful than working outside the home as a mom. I remember that stress all too well. But being inside the home the stress and guilt are different. You feel like there is no excuse for dinner not being on the table or the house not being clean or not getting to the grocery store in time because well, you are home all day, doing nothing, right? So it would seem. The reality is that I do a lot at home. I run two websites with multiple streams of social media accounts for each. I write on this site, something I try to do daily. I spend time with my kids because I want them to build memories that help them grow and develop outside of what they would learn from sitting at a desk (that means my house gets messy). Then there are small details like designing graphics that actually end up being rather time consuming. Not to mention actually being a stay at home mom and wife who takes care of the groceries and laundry and so forth.
Life can get really busy. Really fast.
So I want to share with you my devotion that I had today. Not because I want to brag about having devotion time but because I know that you are a mom. That means that in order to effiectly take care of it “all” you have to be willing to take care of yourself. The answers to the questions are mine, your answers may be the similar or they could vary drastically.
Taking Care of Yourself – A Life With Balance
“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.” Isaiah 40:30-31
Some women have the gift of serving others, and they serve until they can’t stand up anymore. You might be one of those women. You think, I don’t have time to rest, and I really don’t have time to be sick. But let’s face it: sometimes our human bodies wear out. We get sick or just plain tired. That’s when we can ask for help from the One who is the source of healing and strength. Jesus is still in the miracles business. Ask him to heal your body, mind and spirit. And keep in mind that there’s nothing wrong with finding the healthy balance by meeting your own needs so you can continue to meet the needs of others.
Reflect & Pray:
Are you doing a good job serving others as well as caring for your own needs? Most days, no. I tend to let guilt tell me not to stop and take the time for me. I’d rather take the time for my family.
How are you taking care of yourself?
- Showering. Ha! That’s like a must have but atleast I get a shower. 🙂 Gotta count for something, right?
- Painting my nails.
- Doing my hair and makeup. This is way time consuming in a mommas life so I feel like this should get bonus points.
- Reading books in the evening
- Taking walks with the kids around the subdivision
- Drinking water regularly
What are the warning signs that you’re pushing yourself too far?
- I get irritable
- The sense of needing to escape or get away for a while
- An overwhelmed feeling
- The household chores (laundry, dishes) seem to pile up without me caring or being able to keep up
- Trouble keeping track of what needs to be done next
- Forgetting task
Encouraging Bible Verses
“A heart at peace gives life to the body”
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
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