Do you feel selfish if you take time to nurture yourself? I find that most moms do feel selfish taking time out to refuel themselves, I know that I do. If you struggle with this please follow along.
I am sitting on my bed with an age-defying face mask on my face and neck waiting for the 45 minutes to be up. I’m struggling with taking the time to “sit” here and pamper myself.
Let’s analyze why I might be struggling for taking time for just me. Do I feel selfish? Maybe a little bit, but life has been crazy busy lately and I’ve had very little “me” time, so there is no “real” reason for me to feel guilty at all. Does it feel hard because I’m not used to doing something for me? It does feel a little frivolous.
Does nurturing myself feel weird because it’s unfamiliar to me?
Have I picked up the lie somewhere along the way that it is wrong for me to nurture myself?
I remember about 15 years ago, I had a friend pull me aside and tell me that I needed to start taking some time for myself or I was going to be blowing out my thyroid. I laughed. How do I do that with 6 kids ranging from 22-2? I was homeschooling and I had 2-year-old twin boys who were rocking my world. My life was a zoo. Start taking some me time?? Hahaha!
Fast forward 15 years and guess what? I am on thyroid meds. I wish I would’ve listened to her wise advice back then. Ladies listen to me. If we don’t take the time for self-care, our bodies will demand that we take the time. It is NOT selfish for us to take time out for ourselves.
If I’m completely honest I’m still not where I need to be. In fact, I just had another good friend a couple weeks ago pull me aside and tell me I needed some serious downtime in my life and I better start taking it. I’m listening. I want to grow in this, so how do I create new habits and find the time?
I shared last week 30 Simple Self-Care Ideas. Most of these things can be done in only 15 minutes. It’s a lie that we need huge amounts of time daily. I have worked hard this week on doing something each day.
TRUTH: We WILL find time for anything we feel is a priority.
TRUTH: If we don’t take care of our mind, body, and soul we will end up burnt out and in poor health. It is NOT selfish for us to spend time taking time on ourselves. God didn’t create us to go, go, go continually!
Will you join me in taking 15 minutes each day to fill yourself back up?
Do you feel it’s selfish to take the time to nurture yourself? Please leave a comment letting me know your thoughts.