Like most mothers, my days are busy with family and work. But the one thing I always make time for each day is to check in with myself. I’ve learned that to feel my best mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually, I need to maintain this habit. Here’s why (and how).
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It’s an amazing thing to be a mother in the 21st century. We really can “have it all” if we so choose: a family, a career, and the enjoyment of personal pursuits. But if we aren’t careful, we may end up more frazzled than fulfilled.
I’m standing in the kitchen surrounded by sounds of children playing. My mind is running a million miles an hour with ideas, goals, and projects. I clearly have a window of opportunity, but I stand paralyzed, unsure of what to do first. Sound familiar? That used to be my reality.
A visit to the doctor told me that my stress was affecting my health. I realized that I had to do something to get some much needed time for myself. It wasn’t always long, but I consistently started to do something for myself every day.
Struggling to maintain a clean, organized house? These six simple steps may be the key for you and your family!
My journal has become my sounding board. My therapist. The bestie I can count on any time I need to bear my soul. My journal is an excellent listener and I never need to worry about filtering what I tell her.
I recently got out of a rut. I’d been feeling tired, frustrated, and ready to “give up” in some ways. (Have you been there?) Here are three questions that helped. We each have a unique mission, and it’s time to BE who we are.
I lost many fights with fear before I won the battle. My favorite strategy is one simple question. I always ask myself, “What is the worst-case scenario?” After my daughter’s injury, I had jumped to the deadliest conclusions. Today, my worst-case scenarios are usually inconvenient or aggravating, not tragic.
Setting aside time to think big is hard. It’s easier to let strategy get swallowed up by logistics and tell yourselves you’ll figure it out later. But by taking time to think about the big picture, we can make sure all the little things are adding up to something meaningful.
Perhaps a degree is on your “someday” list but seems impossible during your stage of motherhood. These tips will help you see that this doesn’t have to be the case.
If I didn’t have these weaknesses, I wouldn’t have these strengths. I can embrace this person I was made to be and not be quite so caught up in trying to be someone else. I kind of love who I am now that I can see it more clearly.
Telling our stories helps us to diffuse the past as we process and release our emotions about our experiences. Then, when we find ourselves in a stressful situation with our children, we can bring ourselves back to emotional equilibrium and think clearly about how to respond.