So, with the thought that there are times where some extra rest is needed, there are also a few other things that I have found helpful as I try to not just make it through these times, but also thrive and live well in them.
- Plan meals ahead of time. Sometimes this means having meals in the freezer so that Matt or I can just pull them out and be ready to go and sometimes this means planning something that I know Matt can pull together if I can’t do it.
- Do what you can when you can. I know there are certain times of the day when I have more energy than others, so I try to plan to do the most during those times. I also know that I work well under pressure, so I try to go ahead and plan things (in moderation) so that I have to get that bathroom cleaned or I have to get out of the house.
- Make a point to serve. I try to find out things that Matt and the kids want to do and at least do those things. Even if the house isn’t spotless, I can still seek to be a good wife and mother. Sometimes it’s more important to sit down and play Candyland than it is to wash the dishes. :)
- Get help. Being willing to ask for help when you need it is such a big thing. I have wonderful friends that want to know when I’m having a hard day so that they can pray for me or even take the kids for a few hours!