I absolutely love the weekends. I still get super excited that my hubby gets to stay home, the family time we’ll have and all the fun stuff we’ll get up to. I love that all 6 of us end up on our bed at some point in the morning and that we’ll always tickle/wrestle to get everyone out of our bed. But come Monday I’m exhausted.
Saturday’s are full of errands, adventure, fun and maybe a bit of work for me with blogging or my new business. Sunday’s are 100% devoted to church. We love being part of a local church and give it our full attention. We’re there early to set up, welcome and worship God together. We spend half the day at church and sometimes go on to a lunch somewhere with friends or have people round for coffee and dessert in the afternoon.
Monday’s have become my rest day. A day for me to catch up on things at home, get the kids back into routine and do absolutely nothing else. I try at all costs to not have visitors or go out somewhere. I just rest. This can be one of the hardest things for us mum’s to schedule into our week. But it’s one of the most important days. Without it I easily burn out, get incredibly frustrated with my kids, get behind on house work and get mean with my husband. One day of chilling is all it takes to give my body and mind enough rest to recharge and get focused on marriage, family and work.
The week’s can be long and the weekends can be a bit overkill sometimes so I know that come Monday I will not be up for chit chat or any expeditions. I’ve had to learn my limits and how to stay within them. I used to never need time to myself. But as I’ve had more children and as they’ve aged I’ve realised that I need mental and physical space to enjoy where I’m at.
Don’t feel guilty about resting. It’s necessary and important. And remember that every mother has a different capacity. Some mother’s have an endless capacity and never seem to reach their limits. They have lots and lots of children and never seem to get tired or frustrated. Then there are mother’s of one or two who may find every day a struggle. It’s okay!!
Take the time to figure out your capacity and limits and stick within them. Fit in rest each week and find what works for you and your family.
What’s your way of recharging? Do you have a certain time or day just to rest?