About Rest for the Weary

I hope you will find this little spot a place of rest and refreshment for your soul. My intention is to build up women in the trenches of homeschooling. This includes veterans who are burned out and former homeschooling moms who have decided for one reason or another to put some or all of their children in school. Thanks for stopping by. Take a deep breath of refreshment for your weary soul.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Taking care of yourself

Since discovering that I have been suffering from anxiety and depression, I have read a lot about it.  One outstanding theme is to take care of yourself through exercise, sufficient sleep, eating well, and having time alone for refreshment.  I rarely did this through my early years of mothering and especially once I became a traditionalist.  I always assumed the hard, bone-weary tired was just my cross to bear and that I had to die to self.  While this is true to an extent, we must take care of ourselves or we will crash and burn.  Mothers give a lot so we must replenish.  For me, the biggest help (and hardest to do) has been to get enough sleep.  I don't sleep well by nature so I struggle with it. Not the desire, mind you, but getting and staying asleep.  I no longer feel guilty if I don't have time to do everything because I need to sleep.  Before, I would stay up late or get up early to get things done.  Now I reallize that sleep needs to be as much as a priority, if not more, than other things like a clean home.  I remember reading from a SSPX source about mothers and sleep once.  The author asserted that you could sleep when you are in the grave but right now you are in a battle with work to be done.  Well, I won't be doing much fighting if I am totally depleted.  I no longer listen to such garbage, but instead I have become willing to do whatever I need to do to heal and take care of myself.  Because if I don't take care of me, there will be no one to give to these beautiful people God has entrusted to mePlease share ways you take care of yourself.  More later as I should be getting ready for bed.  Sleep, wonderful sleep.