I think its safe to say, that I often write to myself. I really struggle to take my own advice though. It’s so easy to dish out wisdom one has acquired through life experience, but its so difficult to practice what you preach. Today though, I’m preaching just three words to myself: Slow Down, Mama!
Slow down, mama! For your health
Its not selfish to put your health first. After all, how can you be the mommy your children need if you aren’t well. When you simply have too much on your plate, your body will suffer. And it will warn you in one way or another. I recently fell extremely ill, and when the doctor told me what was wrong with me, I almost fell of my chair. It was a big wake up call for me to reflect on my life and find ways to slow down.
Slow down, mama! For your family
Children grow so quickly. I have an eleven year old and a three year old. It feels like my eleven year old was three years old just the other day. I remember the day he was born so clearly. From newborn to toddler to a little boy, and now tween. The days are long but the years are short. But when you’ve always got something to do, it can be difficult to find the time to just be present and take in the moments. And yet when you do, you’ll find so much joy just from taking the moment in.
Slow down, mama! And stop over thinking
I saw a post the other day that said “Moms are the only people who know the true meaning of 24/7”. It resonated with me so much. It was a kind of wake up call too. As moms we tend to wake up with to-do lists on our minds, and we go to bed at night with them too. We’re always worrying and thinking about our families, our jobs (whether that be the washing that we’re doing the next day or that report we need to submit in the morning) and what we’re going to do next.
I guess we’re all kind of wired that way as women. To take care of our own, to think 5 steps ahead every minute of every day, and to do everything that is necessary to make sure that our families are safe and happy. Sometimes its that unconditional love that drives us. Sometimes it’s just the mommy in us that drives us. But whatever it may be, let it be the same driving force that enables us to seperate the necessary from the unnecessary. That drives us to slow down, and take it all in.
Starting from this week, I’m giving myself permission to slow down. To be ok with not being able to complete things in small time frames. To actually say ‘No, I can’t do it”. I’m giving myself permission to let go of what is not important, and spend more time doing what is important to me, and my family. To take the moments all in, and just breath.
I’ll be sharing a couple of things that I’m going to start doing, that will help me to slow down. Make sure you subscribe to my blog so that you don’t miss my next post.
Tata for now,