Let’s face it; being a mother is no walk in the park. Mothers are designed to nurture, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. But in doing that, we often push our needs aside, and ultimately, that’s not beneficial for anyone.
As the saying goes, “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” And there is a lot of truth to that.
The stress of being a mother takes its toll on women emotionally and physically. We use all of our emotions on our families, leaving us drained and exhausted only to collapse into bed at night so we can repeat it all the very next day.
The American Heart Association states that more than eight million women in the U.S. have heart disease and for those under the age of 50, heart attacks are twice as likely to be fatal for us than for men.
Twice as likely!
As mothers, we hold the weight of our worlds on our shoulders, and if we don’t take the time to care for ourselves, those worlds can come crashing down on us. Yes, we have the burden of that kind of power, too. But how we feel does impact everyone around us, so don’t we have an obligation to our families to take care of ourselves, too?
Yes, we do. It’s not that it’s all about us, but as the saying goes, if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. We all want happiness for our loved ones, right? Pay attention to your surroundings. The next time you’re cranky, watch those around you. Your mood dictates the atmosphere, the environment around you. When you’re frustrated and tense, your family feels it, and they take on those same emotions.
Adjustments in the way you do things for yourself can drastically improve the lives of those around you, so, don’t look at it as being selfish, look at it as helping those you love.
A few simple adjustments can benefit us emotionally and physically and can add years to our lives—giving us more time with the people we love.
But how do we find a balance between caring for our families and caring for ourselves?
We make small changes daily
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