Rest for the weary mom; self care challenge.
You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first. We’ve all seen the quote spread across Pinterest and various sites. There is so much truth to this. As parents we often find it hard to fit in time to take care of us, especially mothers. We spend our days caring for and worrying about everyone but ourselves. I used to hit a certain point of exhaustion where my cup would be completely empty. That wasn’t helpful to my family, my obligations, busy schedule etc.
I’ve found the best way to find rest is to simplify my schedule, obligations and focus on taking care of my family and myself. I challenge you to write down a list of cup fillers for you. Things that uplift you, add joy to your life, help you find rest and take better care of yourself.
I’ve noticed that by removing tasks that drain my energy and take up my time I’m filling my cup even higher!
I’ve removed those unwanted emails, notifications and annoying apps.
I stopped following groups on social media that made me question myself;feeling inadequate as a mother or like we needed more.
I used to feel tempted to shop online, all the groups on social media, different sites, sponsors etc. By removing those temptations or simply removing the notifications I have more time to do what makes me happy. What’s best for my family, our budget and goals.
I wrote down a list of my own fillers; I try to incorporate at least one per day to make sure I’m taking care of ME, too.
A strong cup of coffee.
Reading a good book.
15 minutes of quiet devotionals before my kiddos wake up, or even just before bed.
Listening to music while making dinner with my family.
Sunday morning worship.
Wednesday night friends dinners.
A glass of wine.
Euchre with family.
A long, uninterrupted shower.
A nice afternoon cuddle/nap session with my kiddos.
Singing with my girl in the car.
Sitting on the porch.
Walking to the park with my family.
Going to the lake.
The list goes on and on.
Everyone has different things that fill their soul. I encourage you to ask yourself if you are in need of rest, rejuvenation, or even a simplified life.
If you feel this is you, write down what brings joy into your life. Don’t settle! Let go of the negative items and focus on what truly makes you happy. We are blessed with only one life. You choose how you want to spend your time on earth. I want to spend mine with a very full cup.