Life can get pretty hectic sometimes, but I've found that in all the chaos I must make time for me. Don't get me wrong, it's still a struggle, many days I have mental arguments with myself trying to convince myself why it'd be ok if I stayed home. I'm looking for excuses. Excuses will always be there, though. I will always have a million reasons why I can't go for a run or why I can't workout. Laundry needs to be done, kitchen needs to be cleaned, blog post needs to go up, work has to be done; I could go on forever. Sometimes the excuses are really valid, sometimes the excuses win. But not always and not today!
Let's be honest with ourselves, is our work ever done? As working mothers, stay at home moms, students, and everything in between, we are always busy. If it's not one thing, it's another and we often find ourselves not getting very far on our to-do list, at least I do! This is why making time for yourself is actually so important. We're so busy making time for others, our kids, our work, our spouses, our house, that we often put ourselves on the back burner and when we don't we feel guilty for doing something for ourselves. It's time to stop feeling guilty for taking care of ourselves physically and emotionally and start being a better person for our loved ones. Making some time for yourself every day is a challenge. I know this. But, when you carve out the time in your daily schedule for yourself, you'll feel refreshed and your family will see and feel the difference. You'll have more energy and feel less stressed.
Making time for yourself on a regular basis is not selfish. I honestly believe that working out has helped make me a better parent. It shows my kiddos that I not only take care of them, but I take care of myself too and I feel it's so important to teach this to our children.