Sunday, September 12, 2010

Mamas, Take Care!


As all of our schedules begin to get filled with all the hustle and bustle of school, church, and the upcoming holidays, I really feel like we mamas need to have a plan in place as to how to take care of ourselves in the midst of it. I unfortunately tend to wait to take care until I am already run-down and worn out!

Drink:

plenty of water
Emergen-C

Green Smoothies


We need to be well-hydrated and boosting our immune systems! It's easy to begin to rely on caffeine and sugar for bursts of energy, but we need to be wise and seek to get our energy from fruits, green leafies, and vitamins.

Body:

a breakfast with protein
stretching
exercise...even a short walk

a soak in the tub in the evenings with healing salts

bits of dark chocolate stashed in secret places :)


This things make my body feel better. We all need to find those small practices that rebuild and recreate our bodies.

Sleep:

I am seeking to be asleep by 10:30 every evening and up by 6:30 in the morning. You need to do whatever it takes to get the sleep you need. Your body needs rejuvenation and rest...if you continue to push past your God-given limits, sickness will come.

I am also reinstating an hour quiet time for my children in the afternoons. I plan on resting for 20 minutes of that time.

Creative Pursuits:

Daily creativity decreases stress and enhances mood. We all need to figure how to get a few minutes or a few hours regularly for expressing ourselves creatively. It can be as simple as decorating the windowsill above your kitchen sink or carving out an afternoon for sewing or drawing or gardening.

Friendships:

When I get isolated, my mental health suffers. I am still offering Friendship Fridays in my home twice a month for other mamas to come over to hang out for a few hours. I also seek to grab coffee with friends, attend my Book Club, and go to the farmers market with friends. Being with other women is so needed and vital!

Meditation:

When are we going to carve out the time to meditate on Jesus? To sit and breathe and pray and allow His Word to sustain and encourage and speak Truth to our hearts? This is spiritual health and where the Source of Wholeness is found!

So as the holidays begin their approach and the to-do lists and demands of life grow, do make sure you are taking care. You need strength and wholeness to serve and love your husband, children, friends, co-workers. No one else will do this for you! We must be wise women who love ourselves well so that we can do the same for those around us.

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12 comments:

Emily (Laundry and Lullabies) said...

Aimee, thank you for a timely reminder.

Jen said...

Thanks...I needed the reminder. I have been staying up passed 1 am for a couple weeks and I am a working mom of 4. It is starting to wear on me.

Julie said...

Excellent post, excellent reminders!

Laryssa Herbert said...

Thanks for the sisterly advice. ;-)

debbie bailey said...

You are so wise. That's great advice for busy mothers.

Deb said...

Good advice even if I'm not a mama..:)

laurel said...

You have been writing some great posts, Aimee!! I have been thinking about how to balance this, now that we are home schooling again and I am about to begin marathon training. Thanks for the thoughts.

Denise said...

i just found your blog. right up my alley! this post is perfect and so true.

Happy Lappy said...

Aimee,

I loved this post. It is a great reminder to take care of Mom. You are so great at being able to condense things down to something simple that we can all get our arms around.
Oh, and I have been thinking about you, one of the posts on my blogs was a great vegetarian recipe, I don't know if you saw it, but here is the link just incase.
http://happylappybyloritipping.blogspot.com/2010/09/chef-amy-whats-for-dinner.html

BerMomma said...

gosh, the blog world is speaking to me in unison it seems! I'm so grateful for these messages at a time when life seems to be running me ragged... time to buck up and take back control.

thank you for this message.

Jayme, The Coop Keeper said...

A very good reminder! Thanks so much. I'm trying to take better care of myself.

Rescued Goods said...

Just found you (can't remember where, sorry), and this post is just what I need-Thank You!