Pre flight, aviation operators always announce that in case of emergency, you should fit your own oxygen masks first before assisting children or anyone else who might need help. You know why? Because without your own mask fitted, you cannot assist anyone else.
As a mother it comes naturally for me to put the needs of my family first. It’s almost instinctive. I don’t have to think about it. I noticed that my weekends were almost no different from any other weekday. It’s grocery shopping, kids weekend activities, sometimes a birthday party or a play date which i have to stick around for because… well i prefer it that way and a quick catch up with a friend over coffee. Before i know it the weekend is over and i hardly feel rested.
This weekend i intentionally made sure my Saturday was free. I woke up at 10am and just had a very relaxed day at home doing nothing in particular . After church on Sunday i did the same, made lunch and just hung around just not doing anything really. I think every mom needs to do this every so often. We are so busy taking care of others that we neglect to take of ourselves.
Without you in good health physically, emotionally and spiritually you are not really able to take care of those that really need to be taken care of by you.
I don’t always get this right all the time but here is how i ensure my own mask is fitted first.
1. Spiritually, my relationship with God is important and i nature it through reading my Bible, communing with Him through prayer and fellowship with other believers. This also takes care of my emotional being. Why carry burdens when i have a saviour?
2. Physically i try to excercise and keep fit. I am not very consistent here and i have to admit I can do so much better in this area but i do realise the importance of physical exercise for the body. I however also watch i eat…and i really also have to thank God for good genes….
As you get into the new week, remember to take care of you also….fit your own mask first. Enjoy your week.
Mom in stilettos