Every weekday morning around 4:45am I am awakened by the banging of my alarm clock. I roll out of bed to get myself ready to hit the gym so that I can be there by 5:15am. The children and husband hardly ever notice my absence most days unless I’m more clumsy and sleepy than normal and begin stumbling over things. It’s not easy to get out of the bed at 4:45am but it sure is worth it. I have learned that sometimes carving out my “me time” has to be scheduled at times that are a little inconvenient.
Since I can’t shove more hours into the day, I must make all of my hours count.
In my case, the benefits far outweigh the cost because I realize that I get up for me. I get up to get away. I get up to get better. I get up to get stronger. I get up to stay sane. I get up to be proud of myself. I get up because its my time with God. I get up because even those I care for need me to take care of myself.
An investment in yourself is always a wise investment, and it will always pay well. Discover what best relieves your stress and carve out time to make it happen. For me, exercise is a one stop shop. I get my physical workout, I incorporate meditation which uplifts my spirit, and I practice deep breathing and stretching which eases my mind. I end my workouts feeling rejuvenated in mind, body, and spirit. It’s a beautiful thing to feel whole. Do whatever it takes to maintain your state of wholeness. Afterall, you are your most important business. It’s not selfish. It’s self-care.
Jennifer M. Ray is the CEO and Owner of Hot Mommies, LLC, a movement that seeks to inspire, encourage, support, and motivate other women and moms to uncover, discover, and recover their hotness. The daily tasks of life can split our focus in so many different directions. This Hot Mommie’s personal experience of balancing her job, her wonderful husband, her beautiful family, and her call to ministry proved to be hard work. As a worn out mommie, Jennifer came to know the importance of practicing good and intentional self care in mind, body, and spirit. Her company slogan is “It’s not selfish; It’s self care.” Join the movement and perpetuate the hotness.
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