my biggest challenge as a mom is self care

carve-out-and-claim-time-to-yourselfI had an experience last weekend that reminded me of how hard it is as a mom to get out and spend money and time on ourselves.

It was Sunday morning and my husband said “hey, why don’t you go to a yoga class today?” I instantly said “yes! that would be awesome!”

BUT when it came time to actually get myself out the door (and thereby commit to going) I felt guilty. Guilty that he would have to spend part of HIS ‘me time’ (watching football games) caring for our son, guilty that I was about to spend all this time just to myself and not be productive (there is the never ending pile of laundry/food prep/etc that could always use some attention), and guilty that I was spending money on myself when that money could go to something fun for our family to enjoy together.

I started making excuses for why I couldn’t go. But then I remembered. When I take care of myself, I feel great. And when I feel great I am a much nicer mom and wife to be around. So, I pushed myself out the door. I gave my son a big kiss and hug, gave my husband a big kiss and hug, and said “I’ll see you in a few hours”. And even though it was HARD to leave, I did it.

After a few hours, I returned home feeling rejuvenated and ready to be a mom and wife again. I was patient with my son again as he asked me to pick him up (for possibly the 500th time that day ) and I enjoyed the little moments of the evening (because I was more present after taking a yoga class and slowed my monkey mind down).

I felt inspired to share this with you because I totally understand how hard it is to take care of yourself because I go through it too!  Please take time for yourself doing something you love; because you deserve it.

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