November 17, 2020

Self-Care in Autumn

We are now in mid-autumn and the weather is getting colder, days are getting shorter. I love this time of year.

I love Thanksgiving and Christmas time.

I love the music.

I love the smells of fresh baked breads, cinnamon, peppermint, pomanders, and pine.

I love the goodwill people show towards each other.

I love the thoughtfulness and consideration for those who are struggling.

Yet, I realize that this is is also a time of that can be overwhelming to moms. We need to take time to enjoy the season. First, we need simplify our lives, do less and relish more. We also need to take time to nurture ourselves. Below are five simple things we can do to nurture ourselves so that we can better enjoy the season.

6 Ways to Nurture Yourself

1. Value Yourself

Who can find a virtuous woman? Her price is far above rubies. (Proverbs 31:10) Our intrinsic self-worth as a child of a loving God is not based on our body shape, our wardrobe, the state of our home, or paycheck. We get messages all the time that we are not just right, we are too big, too small, too poor, too conservative, too liberal, too whatever, and never about us being enough. We are enough, with Him! Yes, with Him, we are enough to do all He has for us to do.

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2. Snag a Date

Snag a date with God! Take time to worship Him. Carry a hymn in your heart. If needs be, trade childcare with a friend and carve some time out to spend time with God. Ponder and express gratitude for every blessing in your life!

Snag a date with yourself! Even if it is just enough time to kick leaves or watch the moon rise. Sometimes my date with myself is a walk through a museum or even a walk through the leaves.

Snag a date with your husband! Look for free exhibits, concerts, and cultural happenings. Rent a movie, use Netflix, or pull a favorite from your own collection.

Snag a date with your children, one at a time. Dates do not have to costly or extravagant, time together, listening, talking, giving love, showing appreciation, and recognizing their victories.

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3. Be Grateful

Studies have shown that grateful people are the happiest. 

Gratitude is a choice. Choose gratitude in all things. Look for the good. Stewing on things we cannot change, can drain us of the vital energy we need to be able to do all we need to do as wives and mothers. So, cast your burdens on the Lord! In Him find strength. Take time to count our blessings. Being truly  grateful can lift and replenish us.

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4. Be Centered

In the flurry of everyday life and  of holiday celebrations and the rapidly changing events in the world, it is so easy to get pulled in one direction and then another. Take time each day with the Lord, re-center your life and prioritizes what is most important to you.

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5. Debrief

Sit down and debrief last Thanksgiving. Discuss what went well last year. What you would like to do differently? Think about last year and what lessons are found there that will make this year better?

Take time after this Thanksgiving and debrief. Set a tentative plan for next year or for your next family gathering.

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6. Look Ahead

Look ahead. Christmas is around the corner, just under 40 days away. Are there things you should start now in preparation? With a little planning, your days can be joyful and memorable.

As we do these things I am confident that we can find joy in the season.

Enjoy the Journey!

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