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“It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, & to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.” -Mandy Hale
Once upon a time it was just you. You taking care of only you. You doing what you want to do when you want to do it. You having all the time in the world.
Then there was baby. This miracle of life that you get to raise and be a part of.
No one said that your time, your sanity, and any selfish part of you would probably all cease to exist. (over exaggerating here) But really….. it’s no longer about you. You have a tiny human you are raising that needs ALL of you and it is super hard to separate yourself from being you and from being mommy. Well, at least for me it is.
When my first son was born it was a wake up call for sure. I had these magical expectations that it was going to be rainbows and unicorns and I could still live the life I once was living. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love both of my boys to the end of the universe, but I had to have a serious “come to Jesus” talk with myself. There was no more, work out when you want to, take a bath at any moment, get up and go without packing the whole house with you. It was no longer just me.
It was a long road of getting use to this and feeling sorry for myself before i said “what am I doing?, get a hold of yourself!”
With the help of my husband and some alone time, I realized I could do both. Heck, I was a mom! We can practically do anything! I told myself that taking time for myself didn’t make me a bad mom, it made me better. Having peace in my mind and clarity helped me to be stronger for my family, more patient, more understanding, more of a mom.
If you are ever going through a time where you have that “mom guilt”…yeah you know what I mean…. just stop and think, “How you react on the outside, starts with how you take care of yourself on the inside.” Your peace and mental clarity.
You deserve that time to yourself. That time to relax, unwind, not make snacks, not brush teeth or give baths, to do nothing…… Take the time for yourself and don’t you dare feel bad about it.