You can’t pour from an empty cup, take care of yourself first.
Take a step back. REFLECT on what you are truly spending all of your time on.
I am at a point in my life where my house doesn’t have to be spotless every night before I go to bed…and it’s not! The days of stressing myself out over household chores is done. I do little by little when I can. I have a child and a dog. Mess happens! It’s ok to take the night off from time to time from the daily grind. Choose to read a good book, relax with a glass of vino on the patio…find the time to do something you love and enjoy. And remember, it’s OK to ask for help. Do you have a partner at home? Not all the chores have to be completed by you alone.
To my super parent friends…YOU DON’T HAVE TO SIGN UP FOR EVERYTHING! You don’t have to go every birthday party or event you are invited to. You do not have to sign up for every volunteer event at your child’s school. Trying to keep up with it all can be overwhelming. Sometimes, you just have to politely decline and take the time to relax.
MAKE TIME IN YOUR DAY! I often hear, I have kids, I have a full time job…there is no “me” time (grrr). If YOU truly want to make the time, you can. Get up an hour early in the morning before everyone else. Listen to music, a podcast, enjoy your morning coffee by yourself. Or perhaps you are not a morning person. When the kids go to bed, take a stroll or sink into a hot bath. Create a daily ritual. Make this time something you look forward to.
If you are not healthy mind, body and soul, you cannot truly help those who need and depend on you. Take the time to take care of yourself. Try not to get yourself to a point in which you are exhausted and burnt out. This will eventually be projected onto your loved ones.
Today, stop wishing you had time for yourself. CREATE time for yourself.
Fuel The Soul