I love being a homemaker, and I love being a mom. But while I love wearing both those hats (among others), they bring with them a sort of guilt when I attempt to make time for me. Specifically when it comes to making time to go to the gym, go for a jog, or even throw on a workout DVD to do quick workout at home.
Can we all can agree that it’s challenging to find time we can carve out, and set aside for your physical health (specifically working out)?
I easily feel guilty when I’m working out. There is this voice in my head that keeps telling me that I could be doing more productive things with my time than this. That I should be home cleaning something, or spending that time with my kids and husband.
At some point in our lives our brain was programmed to think that a mom who takes time for herself is a selfish mom – neglecting the needs of her children, home, and husband.
Or there is the assumption that because we are homemakers have nothing else to do all day. When people see us walk into a gym they think “oh, must be nice!”.
I’ve battled both of those, often.
Here are five things that will help you kick that guilt out the door and work out:
- When you decide to take the time out of your already-so-busy-life to workout, and focus on your physical health, you are preparing yourself to be a better mom, wife, and homemaker.
- By getting healthy and fit, you are bringing to your home a much more focused, much more animated, and a much more diligent YOU.
- When you workout, your body releases “happy hormones” into your blood stream, making you feel…HAPPY!
- You are setting an example in your family. Your kids will see and learn by your actions that taking care of oneself, is just as important as everything else in life, and it shouldn’t be set aside.
- When you’re fit, house chores aren’t so difficult. They don’t tire you out as much. You will work faster, and much more efficiently.
I find that when I have an established workout routine, and am consistent with it – that all my homemaker duties become much easier to tackle. My mind is less cluttered, and I am less likely to feel overwhelmed through the day.
Don’t feel guilty about making time to workout and get physically healthy!
Have you battled with the guilt of taking time out of your busy day to workout? Share in the comments your best tips to overcome that guilt!
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