10 Mantras for the Overwhelmed Momby Elizabeth MacDonald
Are you ready for the understatement of the year?
Moms everywhere are tired.
Whether you are a brand new mom beginning your journey throughout the never-ending year of 2020, or you are a seasoned mother of three, the word 'tired' has never seemed so real. You may be balancing a pregnancy on top of a toddler or two, tossing work in the mix with a side of some virtual learning even. Your house is probably not as clean or organized as it was a few months ago, and your meal planning may consist of several weeknights with chicken nuggets as the main (and only) course.
You are not alone. These days are becoming harder and harder to not wish away. Everyone is looking for a return to normal, but mothers are at the frontlines. Mothers are struggling more than ever. There are limited playdates, Moms' Night Out dates, date nights, or even out-of-the-house moments. While there is no way to know how long this situation will last, it is safe to say that it will not last forever... just as this stage of motherhood will not last forever.
In all of the overwhelming moments of your day, you can control one thing: your thoughts. Having a few mantras to repeat throughout the easy and challenging parts of your days will help you keep your sanity, fill your own cup, and actually find happiness in the midst of frustration.
10 Mantras for the Overwhelmed Mom
I can. I will. I am.
Become your own cheerleader and understand that you are already accomplishing all that needs accomplished!
Today, I begin anew.
Every morning is a fresh start. Heck, every afternoon can technically include a reset button.
Patience Over Perfection.
It's easy to lose yourself trying to project an environment of perfection. No mother truly has it all together, so take your time and slow down. Do one thing well and right instead of shuffling through five things at a time.
I am learning.
We should all strive to learn and become better. Every day will present learning moments as a mother. Instead of becoming defensive, open your heart and accept these offerings.
It has all been done before.
You are not the first mother to juggle it all. You will not be the last. It has all been conquered before - and will continue to be conquered daily by so many mothers to come. You do not need to compare yourself, but understand that it is not impossible. You are enough, and you are capable.
I am a blessing to my child.
By turning the narrative around and remembering that you are your child's whole world, you will find a balance in the tantrums and hard emotions that both you and she face. She needs you to navigate her own self, and you are capable of doing so in a graceful manner.
Enjoy It. It is happening right now.
You will someday miss these moments. Stop working, cooking, cleaning, and arguing and soak them up.
Breathe. Give Grace. Move Forward.
In the hardest of moments, take a breath, forgive yourself, and put one foot in front of the other. You are allowed to be wrong. You are allowed to apologize to your child. You are allowed to make mistakes.
I am a BADASS.
If nothing else is true, this is.
Pinterest is not reality.The last thing you need to do is try to compare your life to what is depicted on Pinterest. You are already enough.