New Year's Resolutions for the #NewbornMom
Winter is coming (or rather, it's here), and so are New Year's resolutions. You know the drill: make a list of lofty and unattainable goals, get distracted after a week or two, feel badly about yourself, wash, rinse, repeat. It doesn't have to be this way! We've drafted a few ideas to inspire you and put you on a path to greatness:
Let go of perfection
In this era of social media, Pinterest projects and those #nofilter selfies that you know have filters, it’s easy to get caught up in mom shame and feelings of self doubt. This ends in 2017. We’re all doing the best we can and are deserving of grace. This includes YOU.
(P.S. Bad Moms in now on Netflix if you need a laugh!)
Live in the moment
It's easy to get caught up in the monotony and madness of motherhood (hello #NewbornMom!), but as any mother of teens will tell you, THESE are the moments you'll be longing for in no time. Sit back and embrace the chaos once in awhile.
Practice gratitude daily
After the kids are down for the night, take 3 minutes to jot down a few things you're grateful for. Big or small, anything goes. Think on them for a minute. Take a few deep breaths. Move on with your night. Extra credit: If you have older children, encourage them to do this too!
The saying ‘it takes a village’ didn’t appear out of thin air, and thankfully the modern Mom has it a lot easier than the mothers who came before us. Sign up for services like Amazon Prime and Instacart. Accept help when it’s offered. Automate where you can — there are no gold medals for doing the grocery shopping yourself!
When you’re busy taking care of everyone and everything, it’s easy to let yourself slip down the list of priorities. Reminder: you cannot pour from an empty cup. Add a few moments of guided meditation (we love the Headspace app!) to your daily gratitude practice, grab a glass of wine with friends, take 10 minutes to clear your head every day. It adds up and it matters.
While the start of a new year is always an inspiring time to make changes, the reality is that every day (heck, every hour!) is a fresh opportunity to better ourselves and the world around us. Do what you can, where you can and inspire your children in the process. You got this.
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