Sometimes we get lost in the word mother or in the meaning of motherhood and try to follow one hundred too many rules.
Can you relate? Ever try to go on a date night after having kids and feel guilty, run into someone and wonder what they will say about you letting loose, or wonder how many day spa appointments or or date nights is too much?
It seems we are more self conscious after becoming Mom's and sometimes that puts us in overdrive of trying to do everything right. The problem with this is that we get run down. Mom's simply need a break. There are a few ways to change your perspective if you have caught yourself in this trap of feeling like you shouldn't "do" this or that.
Here are some tips to get "unstuck" from what others think and get into habits that are good for your soul!
1. This is the most important and you have to start here. GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION FOR "YOU" TIME, SELF CARE, AND SELF LOVE.
2. Focus solely on what your own goals are and block out all other noise. This may mean that you need to say "no" to certain occasions or others requests, but you need to stay in your lane and do what is best for you and your kiddos. This helps you stay on track and prevents you from doing too much for others or at other's requests which takes away time for you and your kiddos. Stay focused and do you!
3. Reevaluate your time now that you have done step one and step two. Every single day make time for yourself. You care for others, you love to do this, therefore you need to care for yourself in order to continue to keep caring for others. Mark time on your calendar. When will you go sleep? When will you stretch? Will you allow yourself to go to a yoga class, swim class, go for a walk, get out and jog, ski, anything outdoors or that includes movement. When will you meditate or get a massage? Plan a date night, scenic day drive, or coffee morning!
4. Now that you have allowed yourself time for nourishment, you are focused on what is most important to you to save time and energy, and you have it on the calendar... you will need energy and nourishment to feel good, motivated, and inspired to do those things. I know how easy it is to make plans and then feel exhausted and not want to stick with the plan. To prevent this, stay on your sleep schedule as much as possible. Stay hydrated. Eat well.
Repeat again.... Three things I just mentioned. Rest, Hydration, Healthy Eating. These basics are so incredibly helpful to give you energy.
5. Enjoy your "YOU" time. It really is that simple. There is no right or wrong when it comes to being a mom and what you will do with your "YOU" time. You just do YOU. Don't worry about what anyone else says. Workout if you want to workout. Take your kids skiing if you love to ski. Go on three dates if you want to go out with your kiddos Daddy! After all, a healthy relationship is the strength of the home for which everyone resides.
Just because your a Mom doesn't mean you can't look beautiful, can't go take time for yourself, can't work on your own health and wellness, have to worry about what everyone else may say or think when you do something for you that doesn't involve scrubbing floors, wiping doopa's, and snuggling sweet kiddos. Just do YOU busy Mom!
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Jamie Michaels, Natural Wellness Educator & Founder of Children's Wellness Tree
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