Hi Rock Stars and happy Wednesday! Today’s question come from a reader who asks: “What should I do when I feel depleted as a parent?” Another thoughtful question, thank you! So many of us I know can relate to this. When you are feeling this way, an important thing to do is to do a self-check. What are you doing to nourish yourself? Ask yourself three very important questions:
- How am I replenishing myself physically?
- How am I replenishing myself emotionally?
- How am I replenishing myself spiritually?
Think about each of those answers and you will most likely find the solution. Do you need to get in some exercise? Maybe some quality time with your spouse or a good friend? Maybe some time for prayer or mediation? Listen, I can hear the collective comments out there. “Yeah right, like i have time for any of that”, or “I can barely get a shower or make sure our family has clean underwear. How am I supposed to do anything for me?” Boys and girls, YOU DON’T HAVE A CHOICE! The fact that anyone thinks it’s somehow acceptable to place yourself at the bottom of the totem pole is ridiculous. You have an obligation to yourself and every member of your family to try and be the best you possible. That can only happen if you are replenishing yourself. You hereby have my permission AND my insistence!
For a bit of motivation, I am sharing The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto by Brené Brown from her fabulous book called Daring Greatly. It is a beautiful reminder of why we do this day in and day out, and hopefully give you some perspective on it all.