If you think about it, the family, in all its different styles and configuration is truly an amazing thing. Each person plays a role in the dynamic that you find, and each person is a unique and extremely important part of the group. A mother is no exception. Without a mother figure in a family, it doesn’t quite seem to work as well. Many times the mother will act as mediator, the glue that holds the family together, and sometimes the disciplinarian. As a mother, you have a number of roles to fill, and it is important, no essential that you take care of yourself, both for your sake and that of your family’s.
But finding the time to de-stress and take care of you can be a challenging task. Chances are your day begins before anyone else, and ends only when they are asleep in their beds. If you’re searching for ways to take care of yourself, if only for a few moments at a time, here are some quick-and fun- ways to put Mom first.
Listen to the Music
Whether you enjoy gospel, R&B, bluegrass or opera, finding the time to slip your mp3 player into your hand, some ear phones on your ears and listen to some great music is a great choice. Music has been shown time and again to help reduce stress, and change a person’s mood in a moment’s time. Granted, if your kids catch you dancing around the living room you’ll get some strange looks, but hey, if the song is good enough, why not?
Take the Time to Worship and Study
Perhaps one of the first things that most moms will give up in their hectic lives is the time that they spend in spiritual matters. It’s an easy thing to do, really. Between running around with the kids, making sure the budget is balanced, and entertaining a growing circle of friends and associates, spending time on such intangible matters often takes a back seat. It is important to remember, however, that you are not just a body alone. Just as your physical body needs nourishment, your spiritual side needs something as well. Taking care of you means taking care of all of yourself.
Put it all into Perspective
Often times, mothers will slip and lose their sense of perspective. When you down in the trenches dealing with everyday life, it can be difficult to really see the bigger picture. However, seeing the larger scope of things can be a great way to help reduce stress and help to prioritize what needs to be done. One of my favorite ways is to do this is to keep a quote book. It’s just a simple notebook that has a number of my favorite quotes from friends and family, or famous people. A quick glance through is a great way for me to get my point of view straightened out when everything else seems so topsy-turvy.
Take a Hike
One of the important aspects of taking care of yourself and your family is to get regular exercise. And it doesn’t have to mean going to a boring gym, or trying to follow an exercise DVD full of entirely too enthusiastic instructors. Instead, you and your family could go for a hike in the woods. Or, if the weather isn’t cooperating, consider walking around the mall with your teenager daughter or son. The amusement you’ll get when they accidentally meet up with their friends will be well worth the price of your window shopping. Getting regular exercise, no matter what form is an essential part of taking your health seriously.
There are many ways that you can make sure that your health and well being are in top form. These are just a few, and chances are with all the reasons you have to keep healthy, you can think of a few more. Remember, as a mother, you are an integral part of any family unit. Everyone depends on you to be healthy in every sense of the word. Take care of yourself!