3. Someone Needs to Take Care of the Mom (Guess Who?)
Let's just say that in my younger homeschooling and parenting years, I was idealistic. Homeschool 8 kids? Why, yes! Make all our gluten-free food from scratch and use coupons to acquire it? Of course! Duh. Be my husband's best date on a Friday night after a week of staying up too late and getting up with the baby? No problem. Write for publications and run blogs in my spare time? Psh. Easy.
Except while I was spinning those plates (and enjoying it - I love productivity), our family experienced crisis after crisis after crisis. Over the past 8 years, we've seen more trauma than should be allowed outside a triage command center. Believe me, I've had it out with God and at the same time my spiritual life has taken a hit, my physical body has been falling apart. There's a mixture of hormone craziness, weight gain, exhaustion, and PTSD. There. I said it out loud.
I'll be writing more about this in the days ahead, either here or on my personal blog. My heart would be to give a heads-up to other women who might be approaching the danger zone and equip you with some practical measures to take beyond a doctor's prescription of Xanax.
A few resources to explore if you think you aren't doing a great job of taking care of your needs, too:
Spiritual care is vastly important in a season of depletion and stress: How Are You Planning to Feed Your Soul This Year?
We chatted with Dr. Melanie Wilson about this very subject in an episode called, Is Me Time Necessary?
Here's a basic checklist for taking care of you: Mom, Are You Taking Care of Yourself?
What are you needing to remind yourself of this year?