Today, more than ever, moms are faced with a tremendous amount of stress and pressure taking so much roles, leaving us not taking adequate care of ourselves. And one major brand has taken notice.
Jeunesse‘s invitation came to me at a time when I caught myself eating the leftovers of my son in lieu of sitting down to enjoy my own meal. It hello’ed me with a header that says Fun, Food and Fitness, a copy that says for moms and a footer that says Positively Better.
And then it hit me. I’ve been so busy with motherhood, my husband, my work, and managing the day-to-day maintenance of running my home. I’ve been crazy juggling all the hats.
I deserve to go.
Fortunately, it was just few steps away from my home. I walked to Marriott that glorious Thursday morning. And boy, did I enjoy every minute of it!
I made friends with other moms. I figured that I’m not alone in all the stress and pressure of domesticities. I met health advocates, learned Chef Len Santos-Ding‘s one pan meals that are absolutely easy and gourmet-ish (which I’ll be sharing with you soon), introduced to natural supplements that could help overall women’s health and danced with mom crush, Regine Tolentino, through an hour of serotonin-boosting Zumba. It’s was a super fun, mini retreat.
That day definitely made it to one of the best days of my life since I gave birth.
I appreciate the fact that Jeunesse took some thought on humanizing their brand (Check out their infomercial video here), inspiring and encouraging moms like me to set aside time for things that feel good, whether it’s dancing, having an hour of the day to ourselves or being around other mom friends so we can take part in regular self-care.
When I was a flight attendant, we were always taught in our emergency trainings that when the plane loses cabin pressure, we should always put our own oxygen mask before attending to passengers. That’s the only way to ensure that we can attend to passengers who need us.
For the same reason, we have to do the same when we’re flying with our children. So in catastrophic situations, we don’t slip into unconsciousness before we get to help our children and risk the whole family suffering brain damage.
This principle is so true and practical, it can actually be applied in our daily lives.
But as wives and mothers, putting the needs of our family in front of our own is not in our wiring.
We’re altruistic and like to juggle all the hats for our loved ones, sometimes we forget taking a moment to breathe and to realize we’re actually putting ourselves at risk for self-destruction and incapacitation.
Jeunesse did a good job in taking away that guilt felt by moms from actually mothering ourselves and encouraging us to create more me-time year-round. I remember bringing home so much happy hormones that day, thinking to myself that I should be having that much fun often.
Self-care is imperative and non-negotiable. Our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.
God has given us the job to take care of our mind, heart and body so we can be useful for His purpose. But if we damage that tool by running ourselves into the ground until we are tired and sick and emotionally exhausted, then God cannot use us very effectively.
So moms, take regular days off. Drop off what you’re doing for others. Refresh and mother yourself, aim for a well-rounded life. Include healthy friendships in your life and have an outlet for service. Devour things that interest you. Tell your husband that you need them to take over for a few hours while you get out for some “me” time.
Because really.. it’s not selfish.
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