Thanks for being here! Today I want to share one of the things that God has convicted me of lately: taking care of myself. (I actually started this post in November, but find it timely for the month of the year where we make resolutions to change.)
Becoming a mother has changed my life in so many ways; one of the biggest is how I spend my time. So much of my day revolves around caring for other people: changing diapers, packing lunch for my husband to take to work and my daughter to preschool, playing, filling sippy cups, getting snacks, bath time, etc., etc.
In the process, I’ve managed to lose a little of myself and the time I had to take care of myself. Exercise has become far too inconsistent, almost nonexistent. I eat whatever I can inhale quickly throughout the day while taking care of the kids.
Can you relate? Once we’ve gotten the kids to bed by 8, most nights closer to 8:30 when all is said and done, one of a few things happens. I either plop on the couch for a while and look at mindless stuff on my phone, I start doing chores or I work on the computer.
I used to be one of those people who had to get eight hours of sleep a night. Now, I’m lucky to get more than six. Not because that’s how much sleep I need, but because it’s how much time I feel that I have available to sleep. To get eight hours of sleep, I’d need to be in bed by 10:30, which only gives me about two hours to do things after the kids are in bed. So I stay up later.
I’ve also been convicted of my eating habits. I realize that I can make better choices than I have been.
Since this realization, I decided that I need to schedule my big rocks (see video below), exercise being one of them. So a few weeks ago I scheduled two days on my calendar when I would spend time exercising. And you know what, I did it! Because I wrote it on my schedule, I kept the appointment with myself. And it felt great!
What are some ways that you may need to readjust your schedule to take better care of yourself? Don’t allow yourself to feel guilty for making time in your schedule to do so, it honors God when we take care of our temples!