Why Stressed Moms Need Time For Self Care (plus a FREE printable!)

It's nearly impossible to imagine the selflessness, fatigue, and responsibility that comes with being a mom until you become one.  The joy of motherhood far outweighs the accompanying feelings of overwhelm, but I've never done anything harder than being a mom.  And it doesn't seem to get any easier the older they get.  My goal in raising my children is to "raise good human beings".  Not entitled humans, not spoiled humans, not dysfunctional humans.  This is hard.

According to an American Psychological Association (APA) 2010 survey, women are more likely to report physical and emotional symptoms of stress than men, such as having had a headache (41 percent versus 30 percent), having felt as though they could cry (44 percent versus 15 percent), or having had an upset stomach or indigestion (32 percent versus 21 percent) in the past month. The same survey also reported that women are more likely than men to report that they eat as a way of managing stress (31 percent versus 21 percent).  Those are pretty high numbers!

God gives you these humans to nurture, care for, and to raise to be good adults.  Your heart almost becomes a permanent fixture on the outside of your body.  Motherhood is full of joys.  Motherhood brings total humility.  It brings every range of emotion. 

Soon after becoming a mom, I realized I was way more selfish than I had thought.  I was tired. Tired from a lack of sleep, tired from a lack of privacy, I was tired from having no down time, I was tired from having a never ending to-do list. Tired from the expectation I placed on myself to be perfect.

For the first several years of being a mom, I lived almost entirely for them.  Meeting their needs. Neglecting many of my own.  Learning to live life for myself, and for these children, while also maintaining a good relationship with my husband.  

And, I'm not complaining one bit.  I wouldn't have it any differently.  I love all of the people in my home far more than I ever thought possible.    

But I eventually came to realize that I also had to take time for me.  In order to sanely take care of these extra humans hanging around my home, I needed a break periodically.  Because sometimes I didn't handle things in a very "sane" manner.  Taking a self care break didn't have to come in the form of a night out with friends and hours or days away (though that's okay occasionally); this break could mean 10-15 minutes to just sit and be.

When we take care of ourselves, we revive ourselves body, mind, and soul.  And when we are in a better state mentally and physically, when we've refueled ourselves, we are able to give something worth giving to those we love.  Mark it in your daily calendar.   Self care, ladies. What will you do to ensure you're making time to take care of you? 

Give yourself time to unwind, breathe, and regain your sanity.  Not only will you feel better, so will your entire family.  Enter your name and email below and receive a free printable for 5 stress busters that take no more than 20 minutes.  These are things that I've incorporated into my life.  Grab that now and always let me know if you have questions.  Take care of you and start now.  

 

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Disclaimer:  I am simply a mom who has taken great lengths to restore her own health and that of her family.  I am not a doctor nor a certified health practitioner.  I'm simply a well read and self educated momma who loves natural health and wellness and who fully believes that we have the power to take our health into our own hands. 

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