I’m willing to bet that you love your kids.
I’m also willing to bet that there are times when you feel run down.
Times when you feel like you’re dragging.
Even times when you don’t think you can keep doing this “mom thing.”
Chances are that when you feel like this you’re trying to pour from an empty cup.
And it’s hurting your kids.
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Pouring Into Your Kids Is A Good Thing
Let me first make this clear: pouring into your kids is a good thing.
It is a good thing to pour love into your kids.
It’s a good thing to pour your time and energy into your children.
Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
It’s good for your kids to know that they can come talk to you about anything. Knowing that you care about them and love them is good for them.
Knowing someone is always in their corner and willing to fight for them is good for them.
You Can’t Pour From An Empty Cup
The problem with constantly pouring into your children is that if not refilled, your cup will eventually begin to run dry.
The more your cup runs dry, the more difficult it becomes to muster up the energy to pour into your little ones.
Eventually, if you run dry for very long, you’ll inevitably begin to pull from the energy that is keeping you healthy and well.
You’ll find yourself exhausted all the time.
It will be difficult to be happy with your life as a mom, as you constantly struggle to be a “good” mom.
The danger of trying to pour from an empty cup is that you will likely begin to feel more frustrated. More impatient.
You may find yourself yelling at your kids more. Struggling to get through the day without losing your patience over things that in the grand scheme of things, really aren’t that big of a deal.
And you’ll probably start to feel some mom guilt about it. Guilt that you can’t keep it together. Guilt that only fuels your frustration more and turns the whole thing into a viscous cycle.
Is this starting to sound like you?
It sounds like me, sometimes.
Take Time To Refill Your Cup
How do you get out of this rut?
How do you not feel mentally and physically exhausted all the time?
Is there a way to pour into your kids and still be happy?
If you want to support, love, and pour into your family without running on empty, there’s a relatively simple answer.
(Note, the answer is simple, not necessarily the execution of it.)
In order to constantly pour into your family without constantly running dry, you have to constantly be refilling your own cup as well.
But how in the heck do you do that?
Find something, ideally a few things, that breathes life back into you. Then make a pointed effort do those things regularly.
Maybe it’s spending a few minutes reading every day. Or your favorite hobby.
For me, it’s blogging and reading.
Prioritize The Things That Breathe Life Into You
I know. Here comes another wave of ridiculous mom guilt.
Often as moms, we tend to put aside the things we like or want to do for the sake of our kids.
That sacrifice is not always a bad thing. But, constantly sacrificing your own well being is not healthy for you, your children, or your family.
The things you like to do are what breathes life back into you, so that you can in turn pour into your family.
It’s what keeps us moms happy, healthy, and energized.
Frankly, your family needs you to be doing the things that refill your cup. Because without a full cup, you can’t in turn pour back into them.
Make Time In Your Routine To Pour Into Yourself
Don’t confuse refilling your cup with being selfish. It’s not.
Make the time in your daily routine to invest at least a few minutes into yourself.
Literally only a few minutes and don’t know what to do? I recently wrote a post on some activities you can do in 5 minutes that will help to refill your cup.
Don’t let your cup run empty.
Make the time to refill it.
If you don’t have some already, establishing healthy routines with your kids will go a long way to help you find the time and energy to invest in yourself.
Refill your cup regularly–don’t let it go empty.
Do you struggle to refill your cup? Or have you a pro at taking care of your mental and physical well being? Share with me in the comments below–I’d love to hear from you!