As 2018 marks the start of a new year, let’s take this time to focus on a new you. A you full of confidence, self-love, inner joy, and radiance. The time is now, especially with the hustle and bustle of being wired – with cell phones, tablets, phablets — you name it, it’s got a hold on you.
We owe it to ourselves, our children, and our communities to brush off the debris that builds up every day and to renew our souls.
Here are five tips from one Raleigh Mom to another to help you stand a little taller, smile a little wider, and feel a little brighter each day.
1. Exercise Mindfully
You don’t always have to leave the comfort of your home for exercise. It can take place in the form of deep cleansing breaths and lunges or squats while you burp your infant. It can be firing up a Zumba video on YouTube in the dead of night when the little ones are asleep. It may be using a free yoga app like Down Dog to hold a pose while the kiddo grins up at you from below. Whatever it is, carve out a few minutes to exercise mindfully.
2. Eat Purposefully
Just because the kids have goldfish in their mouths doesn’t mean you need to. Of course, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, be sure to graze and get your sustenance. Otherwise, eat your meals and don’t feel like your belly has to be the final dumping ground for anything left in your little one’s plate. Eat with joy, around the table with your family. This is grounding for both you and them. Quality time for family meals instills a solid foundation of communication and love for generations to come.
3. Love Yourself
You know that compassion you show to friends and loved ones when you lend an ear? The warm hug you wrap around them, to ease their pain and to comfort them in challenging times? Show yourself that love too, mama! Forgive yourself. You cannot and will not be able to do all the things you wrote down on that list in one day. Show yourself the same love you reserve for others, and be as patient with yourself as you are with your friends and family.
4. Make Time
Whether it’s a date with your significant other or a much needed night in (or out!) with the girls, make time for this. Make time for fulfilling and nurturing those core relationships with adults in your life. Set it in the calendar. Get a trusted babysitter and do it right. Being in the presence of people you love, who fill your bucket, will help you maintain that positive attitude.
5. Get Rest
A good night’s rest prepares you to tackle the challenges of the next day – and it also allows you to cement your memories. Good sleep helps you with your blood pressure (as does regular exercise) and it is an integral component to many hormonal rhythms. While there will be some nights spent nursing a fever in a little one’s room or holding a scared toddler in your arms from the boom of loud thunder, try to take advantage of the quiet nights and let yourself rest. Your brain and your body will thank you with a wellspring of energy for the next day of adventure!
I will be the first to admit I don’t hit all five of these practices all of the time. But, just like this thing we call #momlife, it’s a balance. Let’s do the best we can and we’ll be a step ahead for a healthy and happy new year!