Mom Take Care of Yourself

by | May 2, 2024 | Inspiration, Relational, Teaching | 0 comments

The role of a mother is hard to define since she wears so many hats when it comes to taking care of her family. Most moms will jump right in and help with another’s child or children as well. If you had to choose one word to define a mother, I believe it would be “sacrifice.” The sacrifice it takes to be a mom is unlimited. Moms, for the most part, do not get any days off. Moms always try to be accessible even if it is by phone. Yet this sacrifice can take its toll upon any mom. Emotional and physical exhaustion can happen to mothers when the demands of motherhood reach a height where it is hard for them to cope. Many moms feel pressure internally and externally to do everything with excellence. Let me tell you right now, that is impossible. The only perfect person who walked the face of the earth was Jesus.

I want to take a moment to remind you of some things that need to be included in your weekly routine so that you take care of yourself as well. If you do not take care of yourself, you will not be around to care for anyone else.

Drink Water (Isaiah 58:11)

The first sign of dehydration is fatigue. Keep a water bottle near all the time so that you can continually sip water while doing your tasks. This way you will digest water in larger amounts than if you try to drink one glass with a meal. The hydration will help to keep you energized throughout the day. During sizzling summer days, add ice to make it more enjoyable.

Get Enough Sleep (Psalm 3:5)

When possible, a new mom should get some sleep in when your infant is sleeping. If you are a hard sleeper, make sure you are nearby to hear your baby if he or she cries. You may need to set an alarm if you are a hard sleeper or exhausted. It is reported that women are lighter sleepers than men; therefore, we get more disrupted sleep than men. We have all heard that we need 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night to stay healthy. Try to have your room dark, no devices on, with a comfortable cool temperature.

Medical Checkups (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Schedule checkups annually to stay on top of your health. Mammograms, pap smears (depending on age), an annual physical with blood work should be routine. If you notice some change in your health, do not ignore it or put off seeing a doctor. High blood pressure, anemia, thyroid issues, heart disease or diabetes can creep up on you unaware.

Renew Your Mind (Romans 12:1-2)

There are seasons in your life where you may think, “I will never have any time for myself again.” or “It will always….” Be mindful of any negative self-talk, and let it spur you to talk with your Heavenly Father instead. Pour out everything in honesty before Him. He made you and can direct you on how to deal with it all. He will provide you with wisdom, strength, encouragement, and understanding so you can deal with each day’s demands.

Go Outside (Proverbs 17:22)

Going outside and breathing in fresh air does wonders for you. Quietly observe God’s creation and take in the sounds around you. Let the sun warm your skin as though you have just received a touch from God. Offer thanksgiving and praise from your heart. Let the Holy Spirit renew and refresh you.

Learn to Say “No” (Proverbs 3:7-8)

A mother’s heart wants to solve every problem and meet every need. Yet, this is not possible. One way to take care of yourself is to set boundaries on what you can and cannot do. Learning to say “no” is a wonderful way to eliminate stress and mental overload.

Grow in Godliness (2 Peter 3:18)

1 Timothy 4:8 states, “For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”

Mom, you can do everything I suggested above, but if you are not growing in your relationship with God, it will amount to nothing. If you falter or become weak in any of these areas, it is God who will sustain and keep you regardless. Your hope and trust must always be in Him. Drawing close to Him daily will prove valuable for your present and future life according to this Scripture. This is the ultimate way in which you can take care of yourself. If you want to know how to have a close relationship with God, please contact us so we may be of help to you.

Paula is compassionately committed to biblically teach and mentor women who desire to be renewed in their minds by God’s eternal Word so their destinies will become a reality. She goes beyond sharing biblical principles to practical application for everyday living. Learn more here.

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