Developing a Healthy Marriage

Regularly Take Time for Yourself

marriage parenting rachel miquel dufour relationships Jun 18, 2021

Though I don't know your personal situation, I know that being a woman is a challenge regardless of one's culture of origin and life context. I remember a comment one of our sons and his wife made after they got married that really made us smile: “There are so many responsibilities when you grow up. It's hard!” Yes, it is hard! And even more so when one is a woman. 

We wear multiple hats all day long. Have you ever seen those silly animated pictures of a woman with multiple arms, each with a different label such as: nurse, counselor, cook, taxi driver, accountant, policeman, etc.? Our roles and responsibilities continually increase and though we courageously face them head on, we can sometimes lose ourselves in the process.

So no matter the number of hats you are wearing, I would like to encourage you to take all of them off on a regular basis to take time for yourself.

Impossible, you say? Remember the safety precautions that flight attendants always give before the plane takes off: “Put your oxygen mask on first before helping the people around you.” You must first have enough oxygen yourself to then be able to help those you love.

Be a woman first and foremost! Take care of your personal relationship with God, take time to rest and take care of your body. Consider taking a short getaway for a few hours or a couple days to simply breathe and think about what is going on in your heart and mind. 

Time alone, away from your loved ones, does not mean you don't love them anymore or  you love them poorly. It simply means that you need to take a deep breath of oxygen regularly in order to take care of yourself!

Rachel Miquel Dufour 


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