How often do you spend your days playing mum and playmate, knee deep in nappies, milk and that peculiar stickiness, all the while forgetting your most important role – being you?
But with your happiness, often determining the rest of your family’s happiness, perhaps it’s time to start thinking about you.
To help you prioritise yourself a little better in the coming year, here are 5 New Year Resolutions to help you remember the ‘U’ in mum:
1. Make your health and wellbeing a priority
As a mum your health and wellbeing need to take priority, when you get sick, the whole family can come to a complete stop. One of the best ways to take care of your kids is to take care of yourself. Resist the temptation to skip meals, hydrate your body and look to do something you enjoy that is active.
2. Say “no” more to others
It’s okay to say “no” to others especially if that means saying, “yes” to you!
Don’t get yourself so frazzled trying to do everything for everyone else that you and your family suffer.
If you’re caught on the spot practice saying “Let me check, and I’ll get back to you.” This gives you time to work out whether your time schedule can fit it in.
3. Say “yes” more to you
You need to invest time into your relationship with yourself like you would anyone else. Schedule regular ‘me time’ each day, whether it is before everyone wakes, during naptime or after bedtime.
4. Ask for help
Despite popular opinion, you don’t need to be superwoman. We all know how hard motherhood can be and we all need help every now and again.
Asking for help is not a show of weakness, quite the opposite in fact. It can also be a great way to form friendships, sometimes life long friendships with other mums through reciprocal playdates.
5. Befriend mums who you share little things in common with
Actively build friendships both online and offline with other mums too who you share things in common with.
Not only do they understand what you’re going through, they can also provide great support in challenging times and will often have different ideas that can help you and your family.
What resolutions are you making this coming year?