Do you ever feel like you’re constantly thinking of ways to entertain your kids. Planning your day around their sleep schedules, activities and any/everything they want to do? Well, I do. I often feel like I’m lost in that Mom Life Fog.
The last couple of months have been hard; hard emotionally. I’ve felt run down, over-worked, out of sorts, and completely emotionally drained.
My self-doubt as a mom, as a wife and in my business has been weighing on me. The constant pressure to please everyone around us is a real thing.
Being a mom is the most amazing thing, I think we can all agree on that. But with a change in priorities, daily tasks and responsibilities it’s not hard to feel like you’re loosing yourself to Motherhood.
I feel this way a lot, but I try to catch it before it becomes ALL CONSUMING.
Key point here is don’t start dwelling on what life use to be like, how it will be different once they’re older, or you’ll just make pile the Mom Stress on even more.
This year I’m really working on taking more time to myself. Now a few people close to me may think that’s a joke because I haven’t really started this yet.
But really, it’s my goal for this year because having a little time for yourself is when you get refreshed. Your mindset has a chance to refocus and you will ultimately be a better mom for doing it.
So here are few Self Care things you can do to help get yourself some ‘Me Time’
Nourish you. Find the thing that makes you feel most like you, and not you as a mom. As moms we need grown up time. So whether it’s finding time to go to the spa, read a book quietly or grabbing coffee with a friend. Do it. Do what nourishes YOUR soul, not your mommy soul.
Get some exercise. This is easier said than done and I;m not always the best at it. But it’s so important. When I;m having a bad day, getting a workout in always changes my mood. The key here is finding what you like, because if you like it the workout will feel less like work. And, if it’s one of those days where you can’t find someone to watch the kids, pull up a video on YouTube and get them involve.
Think positively. Whenever you are faced with something challenging, remind yourself that it wont last long. It’s just a matter of time before things turn around. So be positive and get through it.
Taking care of yourself is taking care of your kids. You matter. You are always putting everyone else first. If you’re overly exhausted you’re less likely to be as nurturing or patient as you could be. So, take time for yourself.
Smile and be kind. Smiling is the one thing you can do to brighten your aura. Even if you’re not really feeling it, make yourself do it. You’ll start feeling and believing it before you know it. Now that you’re feeling happier it’s easier to be a kind and friendly face. Because once you feel it, you can be it.
Let’s be honest, being a mom is amazing, but not all of it is rosy and perfect. It’s easy to get sucked into the mom funk. But with a little effort to fit in your self care routine you can either avoid it, or get yourself out of it.
Tell me in the comments below what your favorite ‘Me Time” activity is.