Recently, one of my Internet friends shared a blog post about letting herself go since becoming a mom. She talked about feeling ashamed at this, because it was something she swore she’d never let happen because she “always thought those moms who ‘let themselves go’ were depressing, slightly pathetic, and sad.”
Reading her post made me sad. Not because it’s sad that she let herself go, but sad that she felt so alone in this while she felt like all her mom friends have it together. Newsflash moms: none of us have it together. We all have our struggles and shortcomings. It’s part of being a parent and I can totally relate to this friend’s struggle. Being a mom can often be so consuming that our own needs fall by the wayside. There are dishes to wash, people to feed, errands to run, relationships to maintain, jobs to do…it’s an exhausting 24/7 undertaking and it is so easy to forget to take time for yourself at the end of the day.
Being a mom is study in selflessness, but there still needs to be time taken for yourself. It may feel selfish, but it isn’t — it’s absolutely necessary in order to be the best mom you can be. As such, I am raising a “mom challenge” for the busy holiday season and hoping you’ll join in!
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During the month of December, I would like to encourage all of you moms to take a little time for yourself each and every day.
I realize that December is a busy month filled with family and holidays and entertaining, but that just makes it all the more important to take time to care for yourself.
This doesn’t have to be anything elaborate — it can be something as simple as going to the gym, painting your nails, having a cup of cocoa or taking a 20 minute nap. But take the time to be intentional and carve out that time for yourself, because it will make you a better mom, wife, and partner.