Motherhood is wonderful, but it is also hard work. It’s the logistics more than anything. You discover you have reserves of energy you didn’t know you had. – Deborah Mailman
Before I became a mother, I thought I knew myself, my strengths and weaknesses. That all changed last year, when I discovered reservoirs of strength that I knew nothing about. I was stretched beyond my previously known limits, but by God’s grace, I survived.
I thought it gets easier as the babies grow older, but I have quickly realized that each season has its challenges. The current season’s challenges may be different from the last’s but they are challenges in their own right.
Here are a few tips that help me maintain my sanity as I raise our daughter, Ksena.
- Wake up before your baby
It helps to get a head start into the day. For a long time, I used to wake up when Miss K woke up, but, I realized I was a bit of a grump. I would boot as she was all cheery, and my mood, or lack thereof, would not match up to her energy. She is a morning person and I am a warm-up-into-the-day person.
A friend told me that I should try wake up before her and the results have been amazing. When she wakes up, I am ready for her, emotionally and physically. My energy levels match hers.
- Dress up nicely
Being a stay at home mum is not an excuse to look drab.
How you look affects how you feel. When I feel bleugh, I know that a quick outfit change can spruce up my mood.
Being a stay at home mum is a job too. So dress up nicely; wear a little make up for yourself, if it makes you happy. Your body may have changed, but it is still yours, so love it or at least learn to love it as you plan to change it.
- Reflect in the silence
Reflect on the previous day, what did do you do? how did you feel? what didn’t you manage to do? Plan for the day and write down your plan to keep yourself accountable.
- Feed your body
Have a good breakfast without interruptions. This is the equivalent of going on date by yourself (: .Taste the flavors and chew slowly; I learned the hard way that sometimes these are luxuries, especially when you are newborn hazing. Choose foods that will keep you full longer; make healthier food choices, swap the sugar for some honey, increase your water intake.
- Get inspired
Read the Bible, let God speak to you and encourage your heart. Pray and listen to uplifting music. From there you will be able to speak into your family’s life and encourage other people. You can only give what you have.
- Purpose to enjoy
Decide to enjoy the day. Do things that you love with your little one. Be present, persistent and intentional. Teach them something new.
Above all, remember to live, laugh and love.