Self care for moms is key for thriving motherhood! This is day 3 of 31 Days of Thriving Motherhood.
A few weeks ago, I read an article that downplayed the importance of self care. In fact, the focus was mainly on self care being shallow. Inwardly, I cringed as I read this, because how is caring for God’s masterpiece shallow?! Today I want to share three truths about self care for moms.
3 Truths about Self Care for Moms
Self care is not silly or shallow.
Mamas, self care is not silly or shallow. When you learn to see yourself and love yourself the way that God does it is a gift. Self care is warfare in a world that tells us to self hate. It is a lie when we are told that self care is silly or impractical. It is of great importance that we are taking the time to practice self care.
Self care will take on different appearances. Sometimes it looks like carving out time for the girls’ Bible study and other times it looks like doing a face mask on a Sunday. The point is that you are caring for yourself. In God’s eyes you are a beautiful masterpiece. An artist would not want his masterpiece to be ruined and trashed and the same goes for God. He wants us to take care of ourselves.
Question to Ask Yourself: What are your favorite ways to practice self care?
You cannot pour out from an empty cup.
It is vital that we are filling ourselves back up otherwise we will not be able to pour out to our families. This is going to look different for every single mama. In fact, it is going to look different in different seasons. When my husband was working full time and in grad school, I did not have a lot of downtime, so self care looked different. It may have been the cup of tea in the evening or painting my nails because it reminds me that I am a person.
Question to Ask Yourself? What fills you up? How can you make this happen on the regular? Is it going for a run or having a craft night with friends?
Self care is three parts.
When my husband was struggling with depression and anxiety the doctor told him that he needed to view himself in these different ways: spiritual, mental/emotional, and physical. He compared each of these to a different leg on a stool and he was then the stool. So when he was not taking care of the physical side, it caused himself to struggle. Visually this meant the stool was leaning.
As we focus on self care we must remember these different aspects of it. If we focus solely on the physical, we will still be struggling heavily because the other two are lacking.
Question to Ask Yourself: What area of self care do you need to focus on? How can you take steps to do this?
Today, I challenge you to practice self care. If we as a generation start to practice self care, we are then showing our kids what this looks like. Which means, another generation is learning and being raised up to understand the importance of it. What a beautiful kingdom impact that will be!
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