I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, my days are long. I wake up early to get a jump on each day and after work, dinner, family time, homework, practices, and trying to maintain a relationship with my husband I fall into bed each night and rest just long enough to do it again the next day.
The thing is, I know I’m not alone. Many of you are probably in the very same boat as I am, one day seemingly blurring into the next.
Are you tired?
There are so many days when it feels like I merely blinked and an entire day is gone. Today was one of those day. It was a steady stream of things to do and here I sit at 8:30pm and while I know I was busy the entire day, I have a difficult time remembering exactly what I even accomplished.
One day blurs into the next.
This is why I make sure I take time for rest on the weekends. My week days are so often gone before I begin them. But the weekends. They’re mine.
Sure we have soccer games, church, and housework to do, all of which I accomplish. But, I refuse to let busyness rule my weekend. I make sure I take some time to rest.
To prepare for the week ahead.
Over time I’ve found 3 Ways I Make Time for Rest on the Weekends to sit, relax, and enjoy time alone, with my husband, and my entire family.
First, we limit housework to one block of time. I usually clean either Friday night, Saturday mid-morning, or Sunday evening. That is the only time we spend doing housework. I refuse to spend my entire weekend working. I work all week and while some ‘jobs’ (painting, gardening, etc.) are more fun than others, I still limit how much I set out to accomplish on the weekends. I have found that when I pack my weekends, I don’t begin my week fresh. I’m worn down from the start and by Wednesday I’m ready to be done yet still have two more days to go. One 3-4 hour block of time is the limit, whatever doesn’t fit gets moved to another time.
Second, Family Dinner. Just about every Sunday, as many of the siblings that can, head to my mom’s house for family dinner. This happens at least three weeks each month though many months it’s every week. My mom cooks, we do the dishes and then we just sit.
It doesn’t hurt that she lives in the woods which happens to be one of the most quiet, peaceful, places on earth. Sometimes sitting on her porch swing, listening to the birds, and looking at the rolling ridges and fields of corn is the most restful time of my week. It’s just perfectly peaceful which is what we all need from time to time.
Third, I begin my Saturday mornings ‘sleeping in’ (7am, yeah buddy!) followed by sitting in my recliner (in my jammies) and drinking coffee. There is almost always Pinterest involved, some blog reading, and usually a sister conversation via text. It is almost as peaceful as my 6-7am hour during the week, especially when the kids refrain from arguing. I love the slow start of my Saturdays and protect it whenever possible though some days we just have to get moving sooner than I prefer and I’ve accepted that, begrudgingly. 😉
Now, I wouldn’t be honest if I let you believe my entire weekends are filled with peaceful quietness. Quite the opposite actually. Just like my weekdays we have things to do, places to be, and people to see.
Right now, we’re in soccer season which means we’re looking at a minimum of 2-3 hours sitting at the soccer field cheering on our little stars. Sometimes games overlap one another and other times we sit for an hour+ between waiting for the next to begin. Whatever the case, eating right doesn’t always happen. This is why I do my best to start Saturday with a healthy breakfast filled with good fuel (Many times green smoothies for all!), and my Nature’s Bounty Vitamins.
When I start my day right I know that even if lunch doesn’t include the best choices I’ve given myself a bit of extra support by including supplements like Cranberry (Which supports a healthy urinary tract, helps maintain the integrity of the bladder and includes Immune-healthy Vitamin C*) and Biotin (A B Vitamin essential for the intermediate metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, assists with energy metabolism and is important for healthy skin, hair and nails.*).
Let’s face it, we all make sure the kids eat right and get their vitamins, are properly sun blocked and make a potty stop before leaving the house but somehow find ourselves hungry, needing to pee and sunburnt.
I know I’ve done it, I sure hope I’m not alone.
It’s our job to be mom and in making sure we’re giving our kids the best, we sometimes forget about ourselves. Taking time for me is the best way I know to be sure I am my healthy best for my family, both physically and mentally.
So, your homework for this weekend? Carve out some time of true rest and make sure you remember YOU in all the busyness of life so you can be the best version of you for those you love.
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