I see you sis, working your 9 to 5, taking care of the kids, cooking dinner, cleaning the house, all while still being a wife … and looking fly while doing it! I SEE YOU! I applaud you for being such a boss!
However, I also see your exhaustion. I see that you’re in need of a much-needed break.
As women we are always running 100 miles an hour without stopping. Some of us are mothers, wives, working the front lines, carrying demanding jobs, or the main caretaker for our parents. Basically, we “wear all of the hats and do all of the things” without complaining. But we deserve rest too.
How does a woman balance everything in her life while still making time for herself? It’s simple; she takes breaks. She gets some breathing room. She drinks a glass of wine when the kids are asleep. She takes ME time.
But this is easier said than done, which is why you must prioritize yourself. It’s OK to give yourself some TLC every now and then. Sometimes you just have to slow down and take a moment.
I find myself having to do this often at work. I work so hard, serving others, and making sure everyone else is ok and before I know it, I have an hour left at work and I haven’t taken a lunch break!
I have to stop and ask myself: What good am I to anyone if I am not taking care of myself? I can’t properly function or produce good fruit if I am exhausting all of my energy and not filling myself up. If we’re constantly giving to others and not pouring into ourselves, we will run ourselves dry. IT IS OKAY to take a break. It’s necessary.
This week, when you find time to yourself, here are some things that you could do:
- Allow yourself a few more minutes of sleep
- Practice deep breathing techniques
- Express yourself creatively
- Write down the things you’re grateful for
- Detach from social media
- Pray and read your word
Allowing time for yourself is not selfish. But if you need more convincing, here’s what the scripture says: Luke 5:16 - But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Although Jesus served selflessly, he still found time to get away into a quiet place by himself.
You have to be intentional about needing your breaks and how to use them to your advantage. It will get better. Take a moment to breathe.