Being a parent is exhausting. I was exhausted at times before I became a parent. But there really isn’t any other kind of tired that can compare with the exhaustion of being a parent. It never ends. When they go to sleep, we are still thinking about them. Do they have friends at school? Are they learning all that they need to? Are they overweight, underweight, good at sports or any other extra curricular activity???
Earlier this week I was feeling extremely drained and weak. My muscles ached as if I had lifted too many weights the day before, except I hadn’t lifted any weights the day before. Besides my 35 pound toddler that is. Although I had slept well the night before, I was t-i-r-e-d. I have a lot on my plate at the moment. An upcoming work event, an upcoming vacation, a birthday party etc. I don’t have many moments to waste and as I struggled through some housework that had been neglected, I felt like I may drop where I was standing.
I called my husband to ask him permission to take a nap. What? Girl, you don’t need his permission! For me at that moment, I did. I explained to him briefly all I needed to accomplish, but I didn’t know if I had the energy. He told me to stop everything else and take a nap. Everything else could wait and my body was telling me I needed to rest. I was so relieved and I snuggled my toddler on the couch and we slept. His permission gave me the ability to switch off my brain for a moment and really rest. Things seemed a little easier to manage when I woke up.
I give you permission today to take care of you. Whether that means to find time to take a nap, take a hot bath, call a friend or family member, read a favorite book or drink your favorite beverage as you take a moment to breath. Your children give you permission to take care of yourself, so you have the ability to take care of them.
So what is it going to be?