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? 

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  • Great tips for everyone!
    I’m going to make time for me, find a hobbie that I can do.


  • Good tips for everyone !


  • I want to manage my stress better.

    • This!! I need to find that balance again, I get very stressed easily. Most likely because I am always doing things for others and not taking the time for me


  • Definitely going to try and get my yes and nos in the correct order this year!


  • My New Year resolutions are all ready to go!


  • Mine is after the arrival of number 4, I want to go down to the weight I was happy with by eating more healthy and more exercising……..also to change this for the entire family.


  • I think I will make an effort to take some of these on board. Thanks!


  • say no or yes to others- know your boundaries


  • Good ideas! This is interesting! Thank you for sharing this!


  • sounds awesome and looks great


  • Love this article. I am really trying this and hope I can get more me time in and say NO more.


  • Me time as a mum has really diminished.. There always seems to be so much to do!


  • I usually never keep new year’s resolutions but these are ones I would actually stick to.


  • I love these priorities and I intend to adopt them!


  • I like these tips. They are far more realistic than ‘put feet up with a cup of tea for 10 minutes each day’. I would like to think that I can achieve them.


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