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As a Mother I know how overwhelming life can get. We want to be the best parents we can be. The learning process is never-ending. The mistake are never-ending. We have one of the greatest jobs on this planet but it can really get exhausting!
I had my first child when I was just 19 going into my second year of college. It was a challenge but I was determined to stay in school, earn my Bachelor’s degree and STILL be the absolute best parent I could be to my little girl. Just 5 days after giving birth to my daughter ‘Ailani, I went back to work. Yes, just 5 days. This mama couldn’t hold out for SIX WEEKS. I knew I needed to keep the money flowing. I worked full time, went to school full time, and of course was a Mommy ALL THE TIME… I burned my self out. I didn’t take any time out to really care for myself and it ultimately ended up taking a toll on my health. My mood even changed. I was super cranky all the time. The stress had completely taken over my life. There was no way I could be an effective parent living this way. I knew I had to make some changes.
I didn’t quit my job. I didn’t drop out of school. I didn’t give up on parenting. I simply started scheduling “Me Time” activities dedicated to getting my physical and mental health back on track. It definitely worked! Fast forward to today, 5 years later. . . I have my Bachelor’s Degree, I run a successful parenting blog, I’m healthy, and I now have TWO daughters! I could go on all day about all of the things I have accomplished since taking the time out to care for myself but I don’t want to make this all about ME. I just wanted to use my personal experience to demonstrate one important fact: SELF-CARE IS ESSENTIAL TO PROPER PARENTING AND GROWTH!
Who really has time for a “burn-out phase” when you’re trying to be an awesome parent??? Don’t wear yourself out. Stop neglecting yourself. A healthy Mom can raise even healthier children. Your mental and emotional health are just as important as your physical health. Don’t wait until you’re drowning in stress, take action NOW. There are some really great resources out there to help you out. I am currently using Betsy May’s Peaceful Pauses Self-Care Deck. There are 30 cards included in the deck-one for each day of the month. They were designed for Mom’s going through the postpartum period but they really work for Mom’s at any stage and I am in love!
These cards present you with a simple yet effective self-care idea each day throughout the month. You don’t even have to do any creative thinking when it comes to how you’re going to do that one thing to pamper and care for yourself. This is so awesome! I personally love that it gives me something new to look forward to each day.
Use these cards to make time for yourself, get balanced, and gain some clarity. You will definitely be thanking yourself in the long run. This is a great start to getting your health and household in order and eliminating some of the chaos in your life. This would also make for a great gift for other Mothers you know. We could all use a little T.L.C. You can learn more about this self-care deck by Clicking here.
As an added bonus, if you purchase these cards during the launch period (Nov 10-22), you will receive six special gifts for FREE. You can check out these gifts here.
To end the launch, Betsy and professional photographer Beryl Ayn Young will be doing a podcast that you’ll definitely want to check out.
Beryl Ayn Young is a professional photographer by chance and a teacher at heart. She’s an old soul who is most content sipping lattés and connecting with friends new and old. Beryl is a lover of warm weather, Chipotle burrito bowls, TOMs shoes, and snuggles from her mini me. She’s swapped days of teaching Kindergarteners how to read and write for weekends and evenings of teaching moms how to love their cameras and their life, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Go download a free copy of her digital magazine Compose and start crafting your perfect recipe for better photos today.
Take care, Mamas!!!
What are some of your favorite self-care activities? Comment below!