Mom’s need a break, too

BY MARIA LUISA SALCINES

I came across a hilarious meme the other day. While it was funny, it also reminded me how important it is that women take care of ourselves.

The meme was of a mom covered with a blanket holding up a sign that read, “MOM FLU: Like The Regular Flu, Except No One Cares.”

No one takes care of mom the way she takes care of her family, and she is partially to blame.

Women are so used to doing things for themselves in addition to solving problems for others, making it difficult not to ask for help when they truly need it. You need to teach your children and spouse how to take care of you.

Let your family know what more they can do to pitch-in around the house. Be specific about how they can help you.

It’s important that women take a break and give themselves a chance to focus on themselves and not feel guilty for it.

Plan a girl’s trip or just take an afternoon off and go to the movies. A weekend without responsibilities acts as a shot of much needed energy.

Every night before you go to bed you likely charge your cell phone in order for it to function. The same concept should apply to you. Designated recharging time is a must.

Women typically juggle a busy household, work, chores, their kid’s schedules, without realizing how much they take on.

If you crave sweets or salty foods all the time, coffee and Coca-Cola are your go to drinks, you are not getting enough sleep.

Are you weepy, feeling on edge, and/or experiencing headaches? Take it as a sign from your body that it needs a break.

If you can’t recall the last time you went to get your nails done or to get your hair trimmed, or another relaxing activity, then you need to incorporate “me-time” into your schedule.

Making time for yourself is not selfish. It’s just the opposite — essential for your well-being.

In order to put your best self forward as a mom and wife, you need to be good to yourself. Reconfigure your priorities and be sure to put yourself at the top of the list.

A rested woman is a happy woman.

Maria Luisa Salcines is a freelance writer and certified parent educator with The International Network for Children and Families in Redirecting Children’s Behavior and Redirecting for a Cooperative Classroom. Follow her on Twitter @PowerOfFamilyor on Instagram @mlsalcines. You can also contact her on her blog at FamilyLifeandFindingHappy.com.