Motherhood can be an incredibly fulfilling and joyful experience, but it can also be very challenging at times. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mum or you work full-time or part-time, motherhood is hard. Once you become a mum you’re life completely changes and it’s easy to lose your identity within motherhood.
You’ll have good days and you’ll have bad days. You’ll have days when you feel lost and you just don’t know who you are anymore, I want you to know that it’s perfectly normal to feel this way. But it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do anything about it. Here are some tips to help when motherhood feels hard.
1. Prioritise self-care
Prioritising self-care is important for your physical and emotional well-being, and it can be especially challenging for mothers who have a lot of responsibilities and demands on their time. Try to carve out time for self-care activities that help you feel recharged and energised, such as exercise, reading a book, or taking a relaxing bath. You could treat it as a non-negotiable appointment that you can’t miss. Schedule it in your calendar and let others know that you won’t be available during that time.
2. Be kind to yourself
Be kind to yourself and practice self-compassion. Being kind to yourself is an important practice for your mental and emotional well-being. Don’t beat yourself up for not being perfect or not doing everything on your to-do list. Give yourself permission to take a break and rest when you need it.
3. Get enough sleep
Getting enough sleep is important for your physical and emotional health, but it can be challenging for parents with young children. Prioritize your sleep and make it a priority, even if it means asking for help or making some adjustments to your routine. Remember that getting enough sleep is important for your overall health and well-being, and it’s not a luxury but a necessity.
4. Eat a healthy diet
Eating a healthy, balanced diet can help you feel better physically and mentally. Make sure you are getting enough nutrients and staying hydrated. Remember that taking care of yourself is not selfish, it’s necessary for your well-being and for your ability to care for your family. Make self-care a priority and don’t feel guilty for taking time for yourself.
5. Build a support system
Reach out to family, friends, or a support group to help you through the challenging times. Having someone to talk to, vent to, or receive help from can make all the difference.
6. Adjust your expectations
Motherhood can be unpredictable, and it’s okay if things don’t go according to plan. Allow yourself to let go of perfectionism and accept that some days will be harder than others.
7. Take breaks
If you feel overwhelmed or stressed, it’s okay to take a break. Allow yourself to step away for a few minutes or ask for help from a partner, family member, or friend.
8. Practice gratitude
Focusing on the positive aspects of motherhood, such as your child’s smile or their milestones, can help you feel more grounded and appreciative of the experience.
Remember that it’s okay to ask for help, and it’s normal to have days when motherhood feels hard. You are doing an amazing job, and taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of your child