December 5, 2011

How do YOU take car of YOU?

Guest Post by Bert

Every Saturday morning I take a really long hot shower. I exfoliate my face, give my hair a good washing and if I’m feeling like it I shave my legs. It had been some time since I had shaved my legs this past Saturday but I thought, I might as well do it, I’ve got my husband home so if there’s an immediate need he can attend to it. I started shaving. Clumps of hair easily came off. (Hey, I live in Minnesota and we had our first snow of the year this past Saturday, there’s really no reason to shave my legs!) There I am shaving my legs and suddenly a spider fell onto the bathtub floor. I just about screamed but then I realized after closer examination it wasn’t a spider. It was my leg hair!

How true is that though of us moms? We give and give and give and often times forget who we are. We get lost in the lives of our children and while that isn’t exactly a bad thing anything that’s not done in moderation is not good. So what can you do that’s for you?

For myself, I’m actively involved in my church as well as my Mothers of Preschoolers group. I also write part-time. I LOVE writing and I love remembering that I was an actively contributing member of society before I decided to stay at home and raise two future members of society. The other thing that I think is so important whether you’re at home or working is that you remember that you are doing a huge job in raising these little beings. They could be the next President of the USA after all or the next Superbowl champ. Do not downplay your role as a mother. Take at least 20 minutes to yourself while the kids are awake and do what you love. Read. Write. Engage in social media. Talk on the phone with a friend or family member. And hey if you have time shave your legs!

Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.