As moms of “wayward” teenage sons, we spend a lot of time worrying and praying; we spend time trying to teach and sometimes arguing; we stay up late so we’re available for those conversations that seem only to happen in the middle of the night; or we’re up late hoping our son is safe and warm.
We also take care of the needs of our family (meals, laundry, cleaning, soothing, shopping, etc.). We work. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we also serve diligently in our callings, including our ministering assignments, as well as volunteer for extra projects because… well, because we feel like we should.
Is it any wonder you’re feeling empty, run-down, depleted?
I’m sure you’ve heard all about the importance of taking care of yourself and you probably even understand it in theory. But now it’s time to actually start putting yourself at the top of your priority list because even you cannot pour love from an empty pitcher.
What does this even look like? It may mean you choose to pass on signing up to take dinner to someone in need (just this once!) so you have time for that long walk you promised yourself. It might look like giving up that late-night chat with your son (just this once!) so you can get the rest you know your body and mind need. Perhaps you will move dinner back 45 minutes so you have time to exercise or read a book.
Expect your family to be surprised now that you are making some time for you. It’s OK; they’ll adjust. And remember, as you start taking care of yourself, you’ll have so much more to give to others, especially the family you love with all your heart.