I’ve thought a lot lately about my own mental health and taking care of myself. I’ve also noticed other moms that I know face-to-face and through the internet stressing about everything from babies waking during the night to finding enough time to get kids to and from school.
I’ve gotten some good advice from you guys in the comments here and on Facebook, and I just wanted to share a few little mantras that I’ve been using lately as reminders to be kind to myself. Mantras, affirmations, whatever you want to call it, I’ve tried really hard to use some positive self-talk these days to help change my patterns of thought for the positive.
Here are some of the things I tell myself when I start to feel overwhelmed.
Time does pass.
Perfection is a myth.
The Grasshopper is going to remember this pizza eating and cartoon watching as fun, not me being neglectful.
You’re doing a great job with what you have right now. – Thanks Diana!
You’re not Superwoman and no one expects you to be.
Just say NO! – Thanks Kerri!
Be gentle to yourself.
and my personal favorite from my mother…
This, too, shall pass.
On a related note, there’s a fantastic blog out there called Self Care Tips for Women. They posted recently about the myths vs. the realities of motherhood, and the article really hit home for me.
Do you have any sayings or mantras that you use to help yourself get through challenging times? I’d love to expand my list!
Some additions to the Mantra List thanks to my readers:
I can choose peace instead of this. – JamesandJax
And a whole list from Diana at The Whining Puker:
“First it gets better, then it goes away.”
– Becky Taylor
“Progress, not perfection.”
“Give yourself lots of grace.”