Blissfully Domestic!

I found this on one of the blogs I follow!  I have to say, I’m horrible at taking care of myself, and frankly after reading this, I am going to commit to be better.   If I am, it’ll make me a better wife and mother!  (If you click on the title below it’ll bring you to their site, and trust me there is plenty of great stuff there, have at it!).

5 Ways Wives Must Pamper Themselves

As modern women, we are a walking a tightrope, barely able to balance the needs of others and attempt to care for ourselves. Wives that work outside the home must come home and do the ‘second shift’ of cooking, cleaning, and nurturing. Wives who stay home are often left feeling isolated and lonely. Stay home moms very often lack the much needed companionship and support of other women.

Women must have the emotional resources available to give love to their husbands and children. We have all heard the analogy to the airplane’s oxygen mask. In case of emergency, we are instructed to put the oxygen mask on ourselves before helping others. This is just like our daily lives because we can’t take care of others if we are about to collapse.

Here are 5 ways that wives must pamper themselves. Remember, without caring for ourselves, we can’t properly care for others!

  1. Go To Sleep. Lack of sleep causes weight gain, depression, wrinkles and a short temper. Try to sleep 8 hours a day, but never ever let yourself get less than 6. Turn off that show you Tivo’d and get some rest!
  2. Get Your Blood Pumping. Everyday, weather permitting, go for a walk for 20-30 minutes. Put the kids in a stroller and load up on bikes. Find another Mommy in the neighborhood to join you for adult interaction. Just a bit of exercise will boost your health, happiness and your bottom!
  3. Pray. Researchers have proven time and time again that prayer is strongly associated with lower stress levels. If you are not someone who has not tried prayer, I strongly recommend giving it a try.
  4. Reach Out to Your Friends. We are designed to love and support eachother. Women with close friends, with whom they can safely share their emotions and thoughts, are much happier. So get talking: over coffee, on the phone, or at the League of Extraordinary Wives. It is imperative that you have a support network of loving friends.
  5. Look in the Mirror. I know, it is not fun, but take a few moments to examine what you see. How long has it been since you gave yourself attention? If it has been longer than you like, it is a perfect time to get this part of life in balance. Schedule a haircut, put on sunscreen and take a peek at 

3 Responses to “Blissfully Domestic!”

  1. codybreault Says:

    Swimming party was okay.. getting back into blogging.. having a few problems that i won’t drone on about.

  2. michaellarkin1 Says:

    @cody, what did that have to do with 5 ways wives must pamper themselves??? lol

  3. amyharris Says:

    LOL. It’s so true, Rachel. We sometimes give give give and neglect ourselves…I slipped two weeks ago and gave myself a concussion…and I know had it been one of the kids or Michael they would have been at the ER right away, even though it was 1 am. We have to take care of ourselves in a reasonable sense. We are a support structure for them and we need to be there and be functioning. I’m currently having a rough time with #1 and 2 and trying to be better about #4. It’s so easy to neglect my health for me, sadly enough, and I really need to be better about that.

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