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The Importance of Prioritizing Self-Care for Mothers

Mothers take care of their family as themselves

Being a mom comes with its fair share of challenges and strange questions.

One such question my wife had, that may seem odd but carries significance is, "When the baby wakes up at night, does she go to him first or go to the bathroom first?"

As a mom, she quickly learned that taking care of her basic needs first made her a better parent.

The Baby's Needs vs. Her Needs

As a mother, my wife's instinct was to put the needs of her family, especially the baby, before her own. After all, their needs are more important, right?

However, she soon discovered that neglecting her needs left her tired, overwhelmed, and feeling like a failure. It became clear that she needed to make a change for the sake of her well-being and her ability to be a better mom.

The First Lesson: Relieve Yourself First

One of the first valuable lessons she learned was to prioritize herself when the baby woke up at night. Instead of rushing to attend to her little one immediately, she found it essential to take a moment to relieve herself in the bathroom first. You never know how long it will take to get the baby back to sleep, especially when sleep seems like their ultimate enemy.

This simple act helped her avoid impatience or frustration caused by a desperately full bladder and allowed her to be more present for her baby.

Following this experience, she realized that the same rule applied to all her basic needs. Taking care of herself by getting enough sleep, eating properly, and finding moments for herself and to think helped her become a better mom.

When she met her own needs, she had more energy, patience, and love to give to her family.

Embracing Selfishness for the Greater Good:

At first, she felt guilty about taking time for herself. But soon, she embraced the idea that being "selfish" with her self-care was not a negative thing.

In fact, it benefited her family greatly.

She began to let go of the guilt when she took a long bath, watched her favorite show, or engaged in some self-care activities. These moments allowed her to recharge and be a more present and attentive mother.

To Wrap it up - Mothers, Prioritize Self-Care:

As a mom, the journey can be overwhelming, and putting your needs first might seem counterintuitive. However, her experience has shown her the importance of prioritizing self-care.

By tending to your own well-being, you become a better mom with more love, patience, and energy to share with your family.

So, to all the moms out there, remember that taking care of yourself is not selfish; it's essential for your own well-being and that of your family.

With love



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