New year, new me. That’s the saying right? *Sigh* Tis the season for New Years Resolutions and all those promises of life changing decisions and changes we will be making. This year I decided to make changes to work on being a happier & healthier mom. A few self love habits I think we could all take on in 2018 !
1.Go for walks
This includes walks with Lia, walks with Zoey, and walks alone. Just being outdoors can be so energizing. I love to take walks and just be alone with my thoughts and some awesome music. You can incorporate these walks into your fitness plan as well. One way I do so if by going for walks on hilly streets!
2.Advocate for yourself
I am great about taking care of everyone’s needs…but my own! Too many times am I feeling overwhelmed and when I find myself in tears I am asked why I did not say anything sooner. Learning when you need to ask for a break and actually asking for one can make such a huge difference. We need to stay healthy both physically, mentally, and emotionally to be able to care for our families. Don’t be afraid or nervous to ask for a break, even 20 minutes away can make a huge difference in your sanity.
Ever since we moved we have a rule “Get something new, toss something old”. This goes for toys for the kids, our own closets, and just miscellaneous things we pick up. It’s a great rule that keeps us 1. from buying things we don’t need and 2. getting lost in the piles of stuff we can quickly accumulate.
4.Spend time with adults
Being a SAHM/WAHM has meant a lot less adult time! Lia is the person I talk to all day! We have recently incorporated a monthly outing with friends. Whether it mean a night out together or with our friends we need to interact with adults. I need to!
5.Say NO more often
I am a yes person. I am guilty of always volunteering for things I should be saying no too. Some times I feel bad saying no and others I feel obligated to say Yes. Learning to say no is something I have slowly started to learn. The way I started was by talking to my fiancé about activities or events before I said “ME!”
With a toddler and a 7 year old there is something happening ALWAYS! Someone falls, someone drops something, someone grabbing all the ziploc bags and tossing them all over our home (LIA!) ! It can feel overwhelming. Learning to just take a deep breath and accept life for what it is-messy & sporadic & wild, is the best way to stay sane.
I am super ready to take on whatever 2018 has in store for us. There are a lot of changes happening around and remembering to take care of myself has always been a struggle. I’ve quickly learned that in order to function I have to make some life changes to encourage happiness and productivity. Happy moms equal happy families, don’t forget that!