Ok so the title is a little misleading, since its almost the end of the week; however lets just roll with it….
Yesterday was Wednesday and for some reason that day of the week always sucks for me. If you follow me on Facebook then you know I am always complaining about Wednesdays. So yesterday was no different then any other Wednesday. Well that’s not entirely true. I was freaking exhausted yesterday. I think I was just as tired yesterday as you would get during the first trimester of pregnancy (and no I am not pregnant… those days are over). I felt like I could barely keep my eyes open; it was a real struggle. I have no idea why I was so tired, I think I have been getting adequate sleep. Tuesday night Paul did try to get me to stay up and watch The Shack; which I was awake for a good portion of it then I just knew I wasn’t going to make it. Side note I can’t wait to finish watching it and see where the story goes. I think I am going to read the book as well. Any way other than that I have been getting to bed at a reasonable time and sleeping in till at least 630 – so I think I am getting enough rest. I am clueless as to where this exhaustion came from, but I needed it to crawl back under the rock it came from.
My son had a middle school football game, and after that my husband said go to the gym, but due to the above mentioned tiredness I opted for a nap instead. I slept for a good 90 mins. I woke up feeling slightly refreshed, but I probably could’ve stayed in the bed for the night; however I knew I would regret not getting in a workout.
After sitting on my bed for goodness knows how long, saying alright I am leaving for the gym…. I finally left and hit the gym. It was a good workout. Probably one of my better ones this week – I needed that burn.
So basically what I am saying is sometimes you need to take a nap and then get your butt in gear. It was hard to get there but I am so glad that I did. Often times – especially parents – we don’t take enough time for ourselves. We run to the ends of the earth for our kids but we won’t even take a power nap to re-charge ourselves. When you are on a plane and they give the instructions regarding using the oxygen mask – they always say to put yours on first and the reason is that you are no help to anyone if you yourself are not getting any oxygen. So at home you are not any good to your family if you don’t take care of yourself first. I know its going to feel selfish; we as humans (most of us) are wired to make sure our people have what they need and then we take care of ourselves with whatever is left over. Try putting yourself first for a change. I am not saying ignore your kids or spouse – I am saying take 5 mins and focus yourself. Maybe you take a little longer shower than you normally take, maybe you workout for an extra 15 mins, maybe you take a power nap; maybe you mediate or pray for an extra 10 mins. Whatever it is that you need in this moment – take it and don’t feel guilty about it. You will feel better, and your family will start to notice a positive change.
Remember you are just as important as your kids or your spouse. Love yourself the way you love them!
A Fit Cookie aka Danielle