I have always been told that in order to be a good mother I must first take care of myself. That always sounded so silly to me. I never understood how it would matter whether I got to shower that day or got to go for that run I’ve been longing for or being able to sit down and eat a hot meal. I have spent every waking minute for the past 5 and a half years putting all my energy into my kids.
Today my husband encouraged me to take part in my sister’s strength and conditioning class which I haven’t gone to in over 2 months. I am here to tell you that taking care of yourself as a mother is so important. The hour and a half I spent working out felt absolutely amazing. I didn’t have any kids climbing on me or asking me to get them anything. I was able to breath and focus on myself. I am not a selfish person and will drop everything for my family, but it felt wonderful to have some selfish minutes to myself. When I got home I felt revived and ready to take on the world. I have been needing a break for so long especially since my husband was doing some much needed construction on our house and was unavailable to help take care of our angels.
I don’t want to sound ungrateful. I am ecstatic to have my kids. They are my greatest blessings, but sometimes mommy needs some time to feel human. It’s nice to be around adults and not just talk to little people about potty training and Paw Patrol.
Taking care of ourselves should be our #1 priority. We are not our best selves when we are drained and feel like our identities. Our kids are important, but so are we.
My challenge to everyone even if you don’t have kids, do something for yourself even if it’s something as small as taking a 30 minute shower. Love yourself in order to fully love others. ❤️