Sunday, May 1, 2011

Simple Sunday! 4 Reasons to Take Time for Yourself

Mother's Day is in one week. This year, why not ask for some special time for yourself for Mother's Day? Research has proven that if you take time for yourself you will reap HUGE benefits (and so will your family!)  I don't mean sitting on the couch for 15 minutes...I mean getting outside the house and engaging in something you really enjoy. If you don't know what you would do, try something..anything!  Here are some reasons why...

1. It will improve your marriage. Many marriage counselors agree that having your own hobby or interests outside the home will improve your relationship with your spouse. Both partners in a marriage need to feel like they still have their own identity and participate in activities that inspire them.  If parents start to put kids first and give up everything they did before they had children, they will loose themselves and their marriage will suffer as well. Always make time for yourself (and help your spouse get his time as well).

2. It will make you a better mother. There is a huge misconception that if you are a good mother than you give up everything for your children and always put them first.  This is such a misconception becuase self love is important for mothers in many ways.  If you take time for yourself, you will be more patient and refreshed when caring for your children and not be resentful toward them.  In addition, you are also being a good role model by teaching them healthy habits for taking care of themselves.

3. It will improve your health. This goes along with #2. If you want to be an active participant in your children's life or be around for your grandchildren, you need to take care of yourself. You are worth it and deserve a stress reliever.  Taking care of your mind, body, and spirit is essential for keeping up the active pace of motherhood.

4. You deserve it. You work hard, everyone deserves a break! Right?

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