You work all day at a full-time, demanding job. You pick up the kids from daycare, get them settled, bathed, fed, and ready for bed. You cook dinner, clean the house and get in a quick workout. Then, you wind down, take a shower, and get ready for bed yourself. Even though you’re extremely tired, you do your best to spend quality time with the hubby once he gets home from work and keep him happy and satisfied. After all of that, you fall into bed and drift off to sleep.
Only to repeat it all again the next day. And the next. And the next.
And while going nonstop, 24/7/365, can seem manageable for a while, how long do you think you can go before you burn out?
Irregardless of how long you can keep up this schedule, at some point, something is going to suffer. And, sadly, it’s usually your health, wellness, and well being that get put on the back burner.
But, it doesn’t have to be this way. No one expects you to be Superwoman. Relinquishing responsibility to others so that you can take care of yourself doesn’t make you a bad wife or mom. It makes you a realist and it keeps you sane.
Remember what flight attendants always say…put on your own oxygen mask before helping someone else put on theirs? Yeah, well, that advice applies to life as well. Taking care of yourself is vital if you want to be physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally in a position to take care of someone else.
So, let those dishes sit in the sink. Order pizza for dinner. Leave the toys on the floor. Or better yet, have your hubby stack the dishwasher, pick up dinner on the way home and pick up the toys for you. Meanwhile, workout, meditate, enjoy a nice long bath, read a good book, and get to bed early.
If it comes down to cooking, cleaning or other non-essentials and having the time to take care of you, choose you every single time. Choosing you will mean that you are in a better position to choose others later.