Mummy Selfcare

Written by Dr. Rachel Tambunan

As moms we know that when it comes to everyone else’s needs—those are met before our own. But, how can we fill from an empty cup? We can’t.  Daily we must fill our cup before we can fill others. It reminds me of that well known Hymn—Fill My Cup Lord!

Like the woman at the well, I was seeking
For things that could not satisfy.
And then I heard my Savior speaking—
“Draw form My well that never shall run dry.”

Fill my cup, Lord;
I lift it up Lord;
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.
Bread of Heaven, feed me til I want no more.
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole!

There are millions in this world who are seeking
For pleasures earthly goods afford.
But none can match the wondrous treasure
That I find in Jesus Christ my Lord!

So my brother if the things this world gives you
Leave hungers that won’t pass away
My blessed Lord will come and save you
If you kneel to Him and humbly pray—

Fill my cup, Lord;
I lift it up Lord;
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.
Bread of Heaven, feed me til I want no more.
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole!

Christian selfcare starts with filling our hearts and minds with God’s Holy Word. Once we are filled with His Holy Spirit, Christ can shine to others through us—through our actions, the way we do business, the way we treat others, the way we parent. Setting time daily to spend in God’s word, the Bible, will give us a leg up on conquering our day to day life.

Mental selfcare also starts with us filling ourselves with God’s word and prayer. Philippians 4:6 tells us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, in prayer and supplications, let your requests be made known unto God.” We have all been anxious about something—whether it be bills to pay, jobs to apply for, our children succeeding in life, our own personal issues. Let us lay all these burdens at the feet of Jesus. 

In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus is telling us, “Come to me, all you who are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Mommy selfcare also includes taking care of our bodies, for our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. This includes being healthy—eating healthy, exercising, drinking enough water, temperance, to name a few. These are the pillars that lay down the foundation of selfcare.

A day in the life of myself, Rachel, when focusing on Mommy selfcare would include:
-devotional time & prayer in the morning to get me going
-some form of exercise during the day: a ride on the peloton, a HIIT exercise, yoga—something to get my blood circulating and my pores sweating
-a shower: 10 minutes alone in the shower, letting the cares of the day wash away, is very therapeutic for me. And if it can be uninterrupted, that’s a bonus!
-a dessert: eating sugar in moderation is key, I’m a dentist so I know all about sugar and cavities! But doing something that sparks joy is important, and for me that is a dessert because I have a sweet tooth. Maybe it’s a piece of dark chocolate or a quick mug-cake you make in the microwave.

For others, Mommy selfcare may look different. The point is, caring for yourself, filling your cup, so that you can fill other’s cup is important. We should do this daily, so our cup doesn’t run out. 

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Written by Dr. Rachel Tambunan

Dr. Rachel Tambunan owns Arc Dental Health. If you visit her instagram page, you know she loves incorporating her faith into her business. She loves making smiles better with Jesus and Dentistry.

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