Balancing Your Life: Healthy, Happy Homemaker
I wanted to wrap up the “Balancing Your Life Series” with some inspiration and resources to inspire you.
I don’t think there can be balance in your life without talking about balancing your responsibilities as a homemaker with physical and emotional health.
I can have all my homemaking ducks in a row (which never happens, by the way!) but if I’m physically under par or emotionally drained, things aren’t going well.
I recently wrote “Easy Health for Busy Moms” because I wanted to show women how easy (and painless) it can be to ease into a healthier lifestyle. Small changes can make a big difference in the way we feel and feeling well significantly affects our performance as wives, mothers and home-managers.
I’ve touched on keeping our spiritual lives vibrant (though much more could be said), but emotional health is closely tied to our physical health and can make such a difference in the way we function! Besides a healthy diet and exercise (I mention an excellent 5-minute exercise in the book!), I am of the opinion that women who are productive are emotionally healthier.
That will look very different for different women, but part of our nature that reflects our Creator is…creating! I think we have to be careful to make room amid all the chores and work that must be done to create, produce, and enjoy being a homemaker.
For some, it may be a ministry of hospitality, making cards to send to someone who needs a kind word, sending a meal, or some other venue of service. Some enjoy turning a simple meal into a culinary work of art. Some sew, some paint, some garden, some are simply encouragers and exhorters of others. Some enjoy entrepreneurial endeavors and act as their husband’s helper exercising those gifts.
What do you enjoy? Consider it an important part of your homemaking duties. This is the secret–homemaking is NOT just about the nuts and bolts of keeping a house. It’s about the freedom to create a home that is bustling with productivity, using our gifts to bless our family and those around us.
As you seek to become more organized, remember the goal: making a home that radiates joy, freedom and the love of Christ.
Some resources you may find helpful:
A Practical Approach to Relaxed Homeschooling