On Mother’s Day: What is your One Thing?
In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to talk about caregiving, because you Mamas do so much for everybody, day in and day out. Moms run the world! You do! And I don’t need to tell you how hard that is, and how easily you can stress out.
In the hustle of everyday life, taking care of yourself can seem impossible – there are simply not enough hours in the day. As a mom, it’s easy to push your own needs to the back burner. This point came home to me just recently, in my own life.
Here’s how it goes: every day when at home, I get up and make food for my husband and sons. I’m busy making their favorite nutritious meals to send with them as they go out into the world. I rush out the door to drop the kids at school, and by the time I get home, my day is underway, full steam ahead…..with no breakfast. I’m frustrated and nervous and pulled in every direction.
The other morning, as I was packing lunches, our youngest son JZ said to me, “Mama, you need to eat breakfast! You’re hungry too!”
Oh my goodness, that was a wakeup call! Here I was, making healthy food for everyone else, telling the whole family to eat well, and not even following my own advice. What kind of example is that?
As moms, we have to lead by example, by taking care of ourselves!
So, here’s my advice: do just One Thing.
That’s what I did. I committed to do just One Thing, which was to sit down, and eat a healthy breakfast; just stop everything else and eat good food — a real breakfast, not a drink and not in the car.
Whatever that One Thing is for you, own it. You probably have only a few minutes, but that’s ok! Take some deep breaths, and treasure your space. It doesn’t matter what you choose – whether it’s breakfast, reading a book, going for a run or walk, taking a bath, gardening or meditating. Just commit to that One Thing.
Because taking care of yourself is not optional! It’s essential – YOU are essential, Mama.
Happy Mother’s Day!
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