Alright, mamas. Raise your hand if you are exhausted. I’m pretty sure I just saw all but a couple of you raise your hands. Those few that didn’t…well, I think they may have been asleep. There is just something about “mom” that seems to be synonymous with “exhausted.” And not just “I need to go to bed’ exhausted but that bone weary, brain fried exhausted.
Now I have another question for you. When was the last time you took a day off? Mmm…that’s what I thought. It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? I’ve talked to you before about taking the time to take care of yourself. Part of that is taking a day of rest. It really is your best defense against exhaustion.
I know it can be hard to find a day or even a morning where there isn’t anything to be done. I struggle with this too. But I have discovered that I need that time to function. I take Sunday afternoons mostly off. I have been taking Sundays off for work (blogging, computer work, etc.) for awhile now. But I am also now trying to not do too many chores either.
Make a big dinner
To make it work, I’m doing a few different things. First, I make sure that whatever I make for dinner Saturday night is something that will have enough leftovers for lunch the next day. That makes coming home from church a whole lot easier. Less stressful. Less hangry family.
Saturday night prep
The next thing I do is make sure the week lunch prep is done Saturday, not Sunday. That just means that I have at least Monday taken care of with iced tea, yogurt, cookies/dessert, and muffins. I typically already have the muffins and dessert made and in the freezer so all I really have to do is make sure Matt has yogurt and iced tea ready to go. The only thing I have to do Sunday is take the muffins and cookies out of the freezer.
Do all the chores
I also like to make sure all the laundry (folding included) and the dishes are done by Saturday night. There isn’t always laundry to do on Saturday but if it’s a time of year where I’m doing laundry around the weather, it does happen. Dishes are the big one. I don’t want to come home from church to a sink full of dishes to do. So whereas I normally only wash dishes once a day, Saturdays I might also do two or three loads. I also like to vacuum on Saturdays. Something about having a clean floor helps me relax.
The only real chore I do on my day of rest is making dinner. But I try to make it an easy one without a lot of prep or a slow cooker dinner. Sunday is not the day I make a big, fancy dinner. It is the day we have simple foods. Since we need leftovers for Matt’s lunch the next day, it is not a “clean out the fridge night” but it is simple dinner night.
This is even easier if you have a meal plan or use a meal planning service like $5 Meal Plan. (You get a free 14-day trial when you sign up for $5 Meal Plan to take it for a test drive so be sure to check it out.)
Do what you enjoy
Whether that’s taking a nap, reading a book, watching a movie, doing a craft, or just having fun with your family, use your day of rest to…rest! Rest looks different for everyone. Rest does not mean napping and sitting around doing nothing. Do whatever it is that is going to help recharge you. That certainly can be a nap. But it could also mean playing soccer in the backyard with your kids.
I take my day every Sunday. I think it is important to do it once a week and Sunday is just what works for me. Sometimes we are on the road or we have chores that have to happen that day. If that’s the case, I take a different day later in the week. Even though it is important to take a day of rest, it is also important to be flexible. You want to be able to enjoy your rest, either alone or with family, but not at the expense of your family. It’s important to remember that taking a day of rest is basically a preemptive strike against the mama exhaustion and crankiness that comes with it, not something that must be guarded at all costs.
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