Sometimes as mothers, we forget to take care of ourselves. I am often guilty of this. I have many little ones I must attend to--bathe, cook for, clean for, teach, love on...the list goes on and on. At the end of every day I am exhausted. And I have not been going to bed early enough to get enough sleep. I wake up exhausted too.
So what usually happens after a while is my body gets angry with me and makes me slow down. It makes me rest. I had one of those days yesterday...
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As I was changing the baby's diaper and smiling at my little darling, my vision started getting spotty. Well, I knew what was going to happen soon. I put the baby to bed and grabbed my peppermint essential oil and breathed it in. I also applied some lavender essential oil all along my hairline and on my temples. Then I started to give my children instructions. My eldest assured me she could make dinner (so glad she can do that!), the girls were to do their spelling lessons, and everyone else was to clean up and be quiet! I prepared my diffuser with peppermint and lavender essential oils and laid down as the migraine came. I had to take care of Mother.
After several hours of rest and breathing in the soothing aroma, I felt a lot better. I was finally able to eat, and I got to bed earlier than I have been lately. The children, however, did not clean up (at least not all of them), so our living room looks like, well, there were lots of children making messes in it. But that will get taken care of today.
Yesterday, I had to take care of Mother, and I will try to do better every day by going to bed at an earlier hour. I have to be rested to take care of my children. How about you--do you remember to take care of yourself?
Update: I have now found something that has almost completely eliminated all of my migraines and headaches. Praise be to God! Read all about it here.
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