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As mothers, we often pour more of ourselves into our families rather than into ourselves, and while this selflessness is nothing to sneer at, many women are feeling the tiredness associated with "giving yourself away." You don't have to avoid dressing up, going out, or pursuing something of interest solely because you are a mom. In fact, taking the time for ourselves is just what we need to be the best mothers we can be. To better take care of yourself so that you can better care for your family, consider trying some of the following:
Whether you would like to adorn yourself in ruby rings or a nice cocktail dress, every woman should take the time to dress themselves up on occasion. While we all may not have the time to dress up in an elegant gown each and every day, a mom should take the time to dress herself up daily. Avoid the pony tail and sweatpants and don't be afraid to put on some make-up. Not only will you feel more like you have prepared for the day, but you also won't have that "oh my" moment when you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror.
Pursuing an Extracurricular
Have you always wanted to learn how to paint or sew? Have you wanted to learn a foreign language? Instead of sitting at home dreaming about the day that you will be able to pursue you own life passions, consider pursue one or two right now. Taking one night a week to attend a continuing education class is a great way to meet new people and to learn something new. Even joining a community sports team such as a softball or volleyball team can be great for your own morale, and your kids can come watch the games.
Insisting on Quiet Time
A quiet moment in a house full of kids is practically impossible; however, it is that silence that many mothers crave and need from time to time. Carve at least 30 minutes out of every day in which you are either able to sit and read without any distractions or are able to pray without distraction. Not only will you feel less stressed, but you will have spent precious time with the Lord.