Hey, hey, hey! Thanks for stopping by the blog today. Mama, I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day, and spent the day doing whatever your heart desired.
Confession time. Last week I was going through it! As someone who is pretty self aware, and usually thrives at being in tune with her mental, emotional, physical, & spiritual needs I was caught off guard when my emotions got the best of me.
I was in what felt like a never ending cycle of night feedings, fussiness, tantrums, cooking, cleaning, having a fussy boy who refused to nap, providing emotional support to others, night feedings, fussiness, tantrums, cooking, cleaning, having a fussy boy who refused to nap, providing emotional support to others.
Okay. I’ll stop there because I’m pretty sure you get the picture that my life resembled an annoying song that had been put on repeat without my permission.
And I wanted it to stop! Better yet… I needed it to stop!
My son has a toy dog that sings, counts, and every once in awhile says, “I need a rest”. And my goodness did that phrase hit me in a different way that day. As soon as I heard those words I said, “I feel ya little doggy… I need a rest too”. We were only three days in and I was already physically drained, mentally exhausted, & through with the week.
My next statement may sound silly but I envied that little toy dog. Because unlike me, with one flick of the switch he could be turned off and provided with the rest that he desperately asked for.
So, that got me to thinking. If the little doggy can ask for a rest… SO CAN I!
Since my husband arrived home early from work I let him know that I needed 30 minutes to get my life together. Just 30 minutes.
But between my son scrambling to get to me and my husband trying to get himself together my 30 minute break seemed almost impossible. So, I took a different approach. Instead of just asking… I knew I had to make a run for it! I had to retreat.
So, I went to my safe spot. The bathroom. Locked the door, and took a shower.
So, I’m going to ask you this mamas… Do you know when you’ve reached your limit? Your breaking point? And need to execute your escape plan?
If you’re ever feeling mentally, emotionally, or physically drained chances are you too are in need of a rest.
Mamas & mamas to be, I encourage you to find a safe place you can go to escape your family. That may sound harsh but it’s true, sometimes we need a break from them. So, whether it’s your bathroom (my #1 spot), closet, car, or porch find a place where you can shut everyone else out and just be with yourself.
When I tell you the 20 minutes I spent in the shower that day was EVERYTHING it was EVERYTHING! And exactly what I needed to get through the rest of the week. And when my husband asked what I wanted to do for Mother’s Day I told him “absolutely nothing”, and he honored that… And on that day I was finally able to rest. I took a long shower, lounged on the couch, snuggled with my son, and watched Little Fires Everywhere (which is amazing by the way).
But since Mother’s Day isn’t always right around the corner I would encourage you to take a second right here right now to just think. Think about the place you can go when you need to get away… when you need to escape… when you need to execute your escape plan.
Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be talking to you soon.
Come on mamas its time for you to confess! Where do you go when you need a break from your family? Where do you go when you need to rest? Since my husband is subscribed to my blog I may need a new hiding place if he reads this post so please share your spot below.
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