Many of our readers are parents who are
experiencing a great deal of stress during this economic crisis. As a
mother myself, I know just how hard it can be to carry the weight of
managing family finances, taking care of the home, the kids, the
homework, the animals…the list can go on forever. To do all this when
money is tight not only increases the stress — it can deplete our
inner resources, too. So moms, I want you to know that when times are
tough it’s important, first and foremost, to find a way to take care of
yourself…because a great deal depends on you staying physically and
emotionally strong and resilient.
Here’s a prescription for all the parents who are coping with challenging times:
1. Take time to begin each day with prayer – you need and deserve this daily spiritual support from God.
2. Get up 15 minutes early and give yourself the gift of yoga or
meditation – it’s a present to yourself that will help restore you and
keep you strong and grounded throughout the day.
3. Be your own cheerleader – keep track all
the good and right things you do everyday to take care of your children
and family. We don’t always get the positive feedback from others, but
that doesn’t mean we can’t give it to ourselves.
4. Do this affirmation everyday: “Everyday I make a plan and do the
best I can and know that is enough. I am strong, capable, worthy and
supported by God.”
5. Whenever you feel stressed, take a 5 minute break to sit quietly and
just breathe. Know that as a mother, you are a life-giving miracle
doing God’s work in the world.
6. If you feel lonely or unsupported, call a friend and ask for 5 minutes to check in or vent.
7. When you’re tired or overwhelmed, know that it’s okay and necessary
to ask your kids or spouse for more help and support. We really can’t
do it all, all the time!
8. At the end of each day – after dinner, the dishes, the kids are
bathed and in bed – just for yourself. Take a walk, turn on some music,
read a book, take a warm bath, pray, meditate and give yourself some
time and credit for all you do and for all you are to so many.
9. Know this truth: how much money you have or don’t have is not a
refection of how good a parent you are. You are a gift — and the
time, energy and love you give to your family daily is PRICELESS.
Peace & Blessings!