Ways To Love Yourself

Mother, Baby, Happy, Smiling, Summer
Mother’s Day is a day we celebrate Mothers. If you’re a mother, this is the day chosen for others to show you honor for the countless ways you pour love into the lives of your children, and those whom you treat as your children. You do this in immeasurable ways, and in most cases without restrictions or limitations.
But what about you, mom? Irrespective of whether it’s Mother’s Day on the calendar or not, do you take time to appreciate and honor yourself in this same way?
You should!
Practicing love for yourself keeps you”full.” This allows you to effectively have something worthy to pour into your kids.
As a twin mom myself, I encourage you, Mother, to utilize the next three ways to love yourself:
Think about what YOU need. Perhaps you’re the”Supermom” who is ALWAYS going above and beyond for her kids, perhaps even over compensating with actions so her child doesn’t somehow feel he or she is”missing out” if mom isn’t doing these activities. Although you may have great intentions and think this is what being a”good mother” is all about, the backbreaking effort might not be as necessary or as valued as you believe. Rather than putting so much strain on yourself attempting to maintain unreasonably high expectations, consider building a mutual relationship with your child(ren). They can see when you are suffering, and believe me, Mother, they really don’t want to see you suffer. They wish to support you too.
Making intentional time to spend with your child helps them see (not just hear) they are important to you. After all, are not we ultimately trying to communicate their significance to us through all of our efforts? They already know that you’re too busy; they see that. And how much could your stress levels reduce with half of those activities taken off of your calendar and replaced with particular dates for you and your child(ren) both to look forward to? The sky’s the limit in what activity you can do with your child(ren), but the important thing is that your efforts of love will be noticed and will prove profitable in enriching you both.
Take back control of YOUR program. I encourage you to intentionally incorporate activities to your calendar that you actually look forward to doing. There is a gap between juggling schedules around your family members’ events and planning around a period of relaxation. The difference: there is less stress and more fun for you in comfort! Take control back from all the other things that are trying to treat you, and schedule activities that benefit you. Take some time for yourself. And, when you think of an idea just for yourself, do not just put it on your calendar; show your family so they, too, can HONOR it. Much like you would honor a doctor’s appointment, soccer sport, dance recital, or mathematics competition by moving things around to accommodate it, do the exact same for what you like. Your family won’t only learn the value of mother having time for herself since you honor it, but they will also see the difference of a happy mom and a relaxed mom who has more to give to the family consequently.
Move from just being busy to consistently thinking about what you need; intentionally enjoying the time you spend with your child(ren), and take back control over your own time. Doing the things which you truly enjoy doing will keep you full and let you pour more pleasure and happiness into your family’s life, since you really have it on your own.

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