Self Care as a Foster Parent

Self Care as a Foster Parent

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Self Care as a foster parent is not just important, it absoloutely vital

I have shared before about the mental breakdown I had a couple months after becoming a foster parent. You can watch that video here.

Thankfully I have never been through something like that again, but it was a life altering moment for me. I tend to be the type person to go go go, do do do and ignore signs that my body is telling me to rest.

 I take it much more seriously now than I did in my younger years because now I have children relying on me, looking up to me, and I need to be a good example to them because I wouldn’t want them to have that type of mental breakdown, or anything like that because they saw a mom who didn’t prioritize rest.

Rest is Holy, rest is biblical.  Of course hard work is too, but we weren’t designed to go non stop and never rest. Especially when it comes to ministry. I don’t think God ever intended for us to minister to the point of burn out. Yes we are to take up our cross daily but you see in the Bible where Jesus ministered and then went away for time with His father to rest annd to pray and to meditate. In our Western culture, in this hustle, hustle world it is so easy to forget to prioritize rest. It is one thing I have loved about living in Nicaragua is seeing how strong the work ethic is but also seeing how they prioritize rest.

Of course we can be out of balance in either way, so finding that right balance of work and rest is so important.

So here are some suggestions for you. I’ve broken them down into daily, weekly, monthly and yearly habits that will help you with rest and keeping centred and balanced without being overwhelmed, when God calls you to do hard work and big things like fostering.

Daily

Bible reading

Prayer

Journal

Meditation

Planning

Meeting with God

Weekly

Sabbath day

Naps

Trade off day with your spouse

Friendship infusion

Family Infusion

Marriage Infusion

Weekly Action Plan

Meeting with God

Monthly

Overnight away from your kids

Reevaluate and Prioritize Time

Meeting with God

Luxurious Treat (Spa Day, dessert date, paddle boarding on the river – what nourishes your soul)

Yearly

Yearly

Yearly Goal Setting and Action Plan

Solo Vacation

Family Vacation

Friend Vacation

Meeting with God

A couple quotes that really resonate with me on the topic of Biblical Rest

Don’t waste your life

And don’t be so busy that your life passes you by

We each have an important purpose in this world and when you find out what that is and then go after that purpose with vigour is where you will find true happiness. Thats’ going to look like service but there is also going to be pleasure in that.

Stay tuned in and connected to your creator to what your mind and body are telling you and leave behind a life without regret