Nobody ever said that motherhood was a picnic, in fact it is quite the contrary, tiring, stressful and at times overwhelming. It is natural to feel like you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, so here are some great tips from ivillage which will help you get back on top and remember why you love being a mum.
Appreciate what you have
Feeling a little sorry for yourself? It sounds like it is time to start a gratitude diary. At the beginning or the end of each day, write a list of at least 20 things you have been thankful for throughout the day. Pay attention to the little things, for instance perhaps you've never really thought about the peck on the cheek your husband gives you before leaving for work, or the cup of tea a colleague made you at work. Continue this process for two weeks and you will be sure to start appreciating the little things in life.
Focus on here and now
If asking your children about their day then phasing out whilst they are reply to think about tomorrow nights dinner sounds familiar then you are not alone. You need to start focussing on the present and what you are doing at that very moment, instead of letting your thoughts drift to the future or the past. You will never have this moment again so appreciate it and live it.
Even if you feel like you haven't got the time or you haven't done anything to deserve it, take some time for you. Do whatever it takes to make you happy, pop the kettle on, take a bath, read a book, go for a walk because if you are happy, so is your family.
Put the brakes on
Yes its true that if we juggle activities and do several things at once we will get them done quicker. Sounds like a win win situation, apart from the fact we aren't actually experiencing anything. If your trying to catch glimpses of your favourite TV show whilst baking at the same time, your not really experiencing the positive aspect of ether activity. It's o.k to slow down a little and savour each moment.
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