If you’ve been around Flourish for any length of time, you know how I feel about self-care. 🙂
Mamas are the heart of the family in so many ways. We were designed by God to be the child-bearer, the nurturer, and the feminine genius among our tribe. And it is a beautiful gift.
But this gift can become overwhelming, as the needs of children, husband, work, and home weigh heavy on our shoulders. It’s easy for moms to become burnt out, empty, exhausted — and to lose our joie d’vivre.
What can revive us? What can keep the heart of the home beating strong?
The answer to those questions is different for each mama. But if the goal is a happy, healthy, holy woman, who’s peace and joy bubble over and extend to the whole family, then I think there’s a common denominator no matter who you are or where you are in life: SELF-CARE.
Simply defined, self-care is the act of recognizing and tending to one’s own needs, by engaging in rest and activities that nurture the whole person.
But when and how is that even possible?! I hear you shouting at your computer screen. 😉 That’s what I want to help you with, sister.
I don’t have it all figured out, either — truthfully, it’s a constant struggle over here and I’m very often past the edge of burn out. But I count it a victory, if only a small one, that I can recognize my need for self-care and my desire to make it a priority more often!
So with this little Summer challenge series, I want us to encourage each other to practice self-care. To do what it takes to refresh our bodies, minds, and souls so that we can better care for the ones God has given us.
Each morning, for five consecutive days, you’ll receive an email from me with self-care tips (short + sweet video), words of encouragement from Scripture and the Saints, as well as action items to help you implement your self-care goals pronto. There will also be a PDF printable self-care cheat-sheet as well as some other printable surprises to help encourage you along the way!
(Fine print: This challenge is completely FREE, no strings attached and no sales pitches anywhere. Promise.)
I want us all to feel again the joy of living our vocations! Self-care is a great way to start. I hope you’ll join me, friends. And please share this with the other mamas you know who may need some help to refocus on self-care — we’re in this together!