The demands of parenting can be overwhelming. After job, school, children’s activities, church, volunteer obligations, and family commitments, we rarely think about the things that nourish our souls, provide joy, or transport us beyond the daily grind. In the rush to accomplish everything that must happen, we oftentimes forget the things that need to happen.
Are you doing anything today that makes you truly happy?
It sounds like a selfish question to ask yourself, but I can assure you it is not. Being proactive in this area will determine how we come out on the other side of childrearing.
Everyone will have something different that sustains them. When my daughter was still home, it meant taking the time each day for tea in china teacups, sitting in the happy spot, and visiting with my rapidly growing child to keep our relationship vibrant. It was the pause in the middle of productively busy days that allowed time for laughter and understanding.
It can be a weekly date night with your husband to remember, despite all the craziness, that you were a couple before you were parents.
There is also the need for time spent as an individual doing something (or nothing at all). At various stages of my life this has meant giving myself permission to read a great book, take an art class, watch a sunset, sit and dream in front of a roaring fire, go on a girlfriend getaway, take a walk down a country lane, or spend a solitary hour in a coffee shop and watch the people.
Not only is this an investment in your mental wellbeing, it is providing a healthy example that your children are watching. And, it’s cheaper than therapy!
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