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Are you looking after the person who’s looking after your kids?

Moms deserve to take time out for themselves.

Sometimes people get triggered or annoyed when I say they should make time for self-care.

“I don’t have time for that.”
Or “I’m exhausted.”
Or even “I’m a mother.”

It’s just not a priority because everything else comes first.
People tell themselves everything else needs to come first.

Of course, I get it. We need to keep our homes running. We can’t just bail on our responsibilities.

But we can inject little pockets of joy or take little moments to chill during our day.
It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.

It could be as simple as taking 5 minutes to do some breathing exercises or meditation to feel recharged. It could be a 10 minute foot soak while the kids are in bed.

Mothers work their butts off.
Mothers deserve and NEED to rest. They forget that.

Oftentimes, the loving work that mothers do is taken for granted.
And when you are taken for granted enough times, you start to buy into it too.
Eventually it can affect the way you feel about yourself.

Finding time to look after yourself can feel like a struggle at first – it goes against everything we’ve been taught to believe.
We are taught to wear our hard work and sacrifice as a badge of honour.

All it takes is a shift in mindset.

Envision this.

You are about to entrust your most precious child with a babysitter for the first time and you are looking for just the right person.
Do you think that the well-being of the person who’s going to be looking after your child is important?
I bet you do. I bet you’d want to make sure they had whatever they needed so that they’d be happy to look after your child to the best of their ability.

You wouldn’t want someone who was exhausted beyond the point of recognition.

You’ve got to start looking after the person who is looking after your children: the most important little humans in your world!

That person is you.
And you deserve to recharge. ❤️

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