Daily responsibilities can sometimes escalate to a level that becomes hard to keep up with. When life starts to feel overwhelming, it it essential to prioritize your duties and decide what is most important to you. Princess Diana said that, “Family is the most important thing in the world.” Strengthening your family and building positive relationships with them will contribute to your overall wellness and happiness. If your daily responsibilities tend to take priority over your family, then here is some inspiration on how to put family first.
Eden Lee married her high school sweetheart, Ryan, almost six years ago. They dated for a long time before getting married and knew they wanted to start expanding their family right away. “Now here I am…a very outnumbered mama in a world full of boys!” Eden said. Her growing family includes their four-year-old, Knox, and almost two-year-old twins, Ace and Rad. They are her world.
“I think it’s easy to get wrapped up in schedules and appointments and forget to watch the most important thing that’s happening right under your nose. I’ve been there!” Eden confesses. She has shared the following tips that she has found successful, on how to put family first:
- Slow down
The second I feel myself start to get frustrated with life, whether it be my kids, money, or a jam-packed schedule, I take four deep breaths and slow down. This is honestly my “fix-all”. I watch my kids skip and play as we walk to the car, rather than hustle them along and buckle them up quickly. These kinds of things help me remember what is most important. Sometimes it’s okay to be late and reschedule. Slow down and breathe in those irreplaceable moments.
- Take a break
When my schedule gets really full I start to get anxiety. I find myself stressing over everything I have to do and it’s hard to focus all my attention on my family. So, I’ve learned to take a frigggen break. I push appointments and responsibilities back, so I can reset, refresh, and focus on being a mom. It feels good to have no plans for a while and be able to just BE with my family.
- Put down your phone
I know this is a basic tip, but honestly WHY are we so addicted to our phones? I would literally feel naked when I didn’t have my phone and I knew that my attachment to it needed to end. I have been setting aside dedicated phone time for myself. From 1-2 and 8-9 I can look at my phone, scroll on Instagram and respond to comments. But, any other time I do not look at social media. It has been one of my favorite things that I’ve done, because I am able to be with my family without any distractions!
- Be fun
It’s really easy to get stuck in your daily routine. It can get hard when every day seems like the same day and that is no fun. The easiest way to break the routine is to make some fun plans. Plan an activity for the week and write it down to give you something to look forward to and help break up the week. When you’re flat out having fun, it’s a lot easier to focus on your family.
- Get ready and go out
My last tip is this…go out on a hot date! I know, this may sound weird, but hear me out. When Ryan and I are happy, everyone is happy. We definitely need time to ourselves to remind each other how in love we are. This tip is probably the most important one. Don’t let your kids steal all of your attention. Focus on your relationship with your spouse, because at the end of it all, this is the person you’re going to be with. So, make sure this part of your life is constantly getting some love.
The one thing that Eden would like people to remember is that, “FAMILY IS EVERYTHING! Without them, what are you even doing?” She admits that life is crazy and stressful, but when you focus on family first, everything else feels less significant.
Eden runs a blog called LoverLees, where she shares her experiences as a wife and mother. Follow along for more inspiration on how to put family first.
You can also follow her Instagram here: @loverlees