How Do I Take Care Of Myself?

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Studies show that parents who are stressed negatively affect their children. Taking care of yourself as a mom or dad is crucial for the health of the entire family.

Let Me Tell You My Secret To Sanity And How I Take Care Of Myself

Laid-Back Parenting Is My Parenting Style 

You probably read that and felt some sort of instant judgement. Or maybe a sense of relief because you feel the same way parenting. The truth is, there are some things that I am strict on as a parent, however there are far more things that I simply hang loose on.

One motto I really live by as a mom: I Need To Have Time For Myself

I know you sometimes feel bad about having one lazy day to yourself. Your feelings are exactly why you need a break. Even God rested on the seventh day of creation. (I don’t think God had to rest, but I do think he was trying to set an example for his creation to follow.)

I’m not going to lie, I love my busy and crazy life and I also equally enjoy  living life to the fullest. Having new experiences. Traveling. Getting a puppy and starting my own blog. Having a full time job on top of my blog and being an active mom.

However, sometimes I can get exhausted from having something planned every THIRTY SECONDS!

The best parenting advice that I have ever received:

One of the best things I can do as a mom is to have a LAZY DAY.

How lazy are we talking here?

I’m talking about the type of lazy where the couch is your best friend lazy.

Making sure you spread the self-love on yourself is important. Health tips don’t only apply to your kids. They apply to you (and your spouse if you have one) and everyone around you.

kids video games

This picture ↑↑↑ was taken on  was on a Sunday in Minnesota in April. The snow was falling HARD (yes, there was a snowstorm in Minnesota in the MIDDLE OF April) and we felt like NOT DOING ANYTHING.

We were kind-of depressed that the weather was so fierce when there was supposed to be April showers. Looking back, I’m laughing because it’s hit over 100% here in May. Minnesota is so funny.

On that gloomy day however I wasn’t laughing at Minnesota’s weather, I was crying in agony.

We humans are so impatient and I should probably appreciate more the beautiful seasons that God gives us, blizzards and all. (I’m ungrateful.)

Anyways, I finally told myself, we need a lazy day. And it was and the day was good.

how to de-stress

So if your thinking that you need some TLC, here are a few great pointers to help you along.

  1.  Let your kids have that screen time
  2. Find something that helps you relax, if at all possible. Read a book. Soak in the tub with the lights off, a bath bomb and listening to Enya. 
  3. If your restless and need to get out of the house, do something relaxing such as going to get some good food or seeing a family movie.
  4. If you like to get things done, try to pick one thing to get done on your to-do list. Have your children help out on a chore themselves.
  5. Remind yourself that you are human and everyone’s lives work better if your happy. You need to be present which means that you need to be mentally rested.
  6.  Remember that your kid needs rest as well. They could also probably use a lazy-day so it’s a win-win for everyone.

If you need more help to really get yourself relaxed, read this guide on why it’s important to take care of yourself as well as a more comprehensive plan to help you keep taking care of yourself. It’s important for each family members to have their needs taken care of, and that includes MOM. (YOU!!!!!)

-Holly, the imperfect momma.

The Christian Working Mom Blog



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