Mom’s are the glue that keeps the family together. We do it all from driving to baseball and band practices, to cooking, making lunch, doing laundry, taking care of sick kiddos and finding time for our mental and spiritual health. Sometimes its no wonder we feel a little exhausted even though at times we don’t want to admit it.
It’s okay your not alone. About a month ago my husband started a new job and that meant taking on a few extra tasks around the house on top everything else I was doing already(fun). For the next few weeks, I began trying to find a routine so that I wouldn’t be playing catch up at the end of the week.
When I finally sorta had a routine down I realized I felt so run down and out of touch spiritually. How did I forget to find time to nourish my soul? As moms its so easy to put everyone’s needs before ours its almost second nature. I had to find time for my spirit to be refreshed or else I wouldn’t be very much help to those who need me. I don’t know about you but when I ‘ve neglected my spiritual walk and failed to nourish my relationship with God I sometimes don’t feel like myself and even become grumpy almost like PMS (hahaha). No, but seriously I usually read in the morning while drinking a nice hot cup of coffee but I felt like I needed more.
So I found that the perfect time for me to be alone is when my husband was in bed (he has to be up SUPER early) and the kids are relaxing watching tv before bed. I have a hot chocolate date with God. I take my bible, a good devotional and my big cup of Starbucks salted hot chocolate and just spend time there. I sit, read and just talk. This is where I find my strength.
Another thing I realized is spending time with close friends and your hubby. It’s so important to find the time to spend with friends because sometimes bonding with other women can lift our spirits and help us free our minds for a little while from ALL things we have to do. Spending time with our hubby’s is so important its so easy to get so busy during the week that we forget to catch up with each other or just sit and read, pray or talk. We started a date jar where we throw our change in or few extra bucks from time to time as a reminder to treat ourselves to a well-deserved date.
I also try to make it a habit to have a movie night as a family or some type of outing every other week or once a month.
So take a deep breath mom’s and find what works for you. Don’t forget to pamper yourselves here and there. Most importantly do not forget to feed your spirit.