Being a Mommy can be very exhausting.
We have kids. We have a schedule. We have laundry, and cooking, mopping, breaking up fights, dusting, kissing boo-boos, making beds, changing diapers, running errands, wiping runny noses, dishes, more laundry, and a lot more on our list to do every week. It’s a lot. Add to that…most of us probably have disrupted sleep most nights…..which leaves little time for…
With a “To Do” list a mile long and lots of little people demanding time and attention, how do you find time for yourself? And more importantly how do you not feel guilty taking mommy time?
There is an imaginary line that I find myself struggling with…
The line between LAZY and CRAZY
Let me explain.
On one hand…I feel lazy and guilty for taking time out for myself. If I sit on the couch for a few minutes while the kids are sleeping, I can’t relax because all I am thinking about is how much I could be accomplishing while they are not underfoot! Or if I plan on doing something for myself, I feel guilty for spending money on myself and/or a babysitter.
But on the other hand…If I don’t take time for myself….If I don’t sit for two minutes on the couch… I am going to go absolutely, pull-my-hair-out, at-my-whits-end CRAZY!!!!
I don’t want to be lazy. Nope. I refuse to be a momma who has “Checked Out.” But I don’t want to go CRAZY and be a momma who has a short temper and is too exhausted to really be “There” for her children.
This battle for the line between lazy and crazy is hard. I dare say most of us mommies struggle with it. The truth is that line is different for all of us and it may change throughout our Motherhood journey.
I can’t tell you how much time you need as mother to rejuvenate yourself. But I can tell you… YOU NEED IT! I am often amazed at how much of a difference it makes in my temperament and stamina as a mom with even a 5 minute time out hiding in the bathroom! (You know you have done that too!)
I am not sure that we as mother’s will ever really get over that guilty feeling we have when doing things for ourselves. But we can be encouraged that we are not alone and that we all need a break. And it’s totally okay to be a little lazy so you don’t go crazy!
Happy Mommy Time!
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