There’s some crazy myth out here in these Motherhood streets that part of our job of being a good mother is that you sacrifice all of your time, money and resources for your family. You must do all of the chores, spend all of your money and devote all of your free time to your family. However, before long you are so mentally exhausted that you become one of those moms. You know, the ones who are barely matching, hair is all over their head and they're secretly wishing they could trade places with their single friends.
As a mother of three, I’ve been there. When I had my third child my life fell apart. I had two small children less than 15 months apart and I had gained 60 pounds. To top that off, I was working a demanding job with a crappy salary. Before long I was spending Saturdays in my pajamas instead of out getting some time to myself. One day I walked past the full length mirror in my bathroom and I said, “What have I done for myself?” I had become a frumpy, unmotivated, depressed mother and wife.
Sitting around the house in my pajamas, continually eating and not taking care of myself is not only out of order but will quickly make you feel bad and quite possibly send you into a depression. According to the Research Agenda for Psychosocial and Behavioral Factors in Women’s Health, women are approximately two times more likely than men to suffer from major depression. The risk is even more significant for women of childbearing age!
So what does that mean for you? We mothers must take care of ourselves first so that we are emotionally available for our families. Here are some good tips to help you get through the rough times and get your life in order.
In the end, mothers have to take time out for themselves – we’re queens, remember! Now my Mommy Noire family, what do you do to take care of yourself?