Ten Motherhood Mantras
TEN MOTHERHOOD MANTRAS
By Lisa Druxman
Lisa Druxman is a mom, entrepreneur and founder of FIT4MOM and author of The Empowered Mama: How to Reclaim Your Time andYourself While Raising a Happy, Healthy Family.
Motherhood is an ever changing and dynamic journey. Every stage is precious and yet every stage has its own challenges. Undoubtedly, we all look back and wish we stressed less and enjoyed more. We look back and realize that the time went by fast; faster than any cliche that warned you about how fast it goes. In between the tantrums and the teenage years is the journey. Take the pressure off yourself and stop comparing yourself to someone else. YOU are exactly who your family needs. YOU will continue to learn and to grow through each stage of motherhood. You know that your children learn more from your actions than from your words. And you know that you can’t pour into them if your cup is empty.
Here are 10 daily mantras to help recharge you for motherhood.
The most important thing I can do is take time for me. I need time for solitude, to recharge each and every day. This is not selfish. This is necessary.
I am not alone. I am part of the most amazing club of all. It’s called motherhood. And together, we can find the strength in motherhood.
I do not need to be a perfect mom. It is in my imperfections that my children will see the strength of my character. Why would I ever expect to be good at something I’ve never done before? I’m doing it just right!
I do not need to do it all. My job as a mom is to raise self sufficient adults; not to do all the things for them. I will have my family help. I will hire out when I need to. I will stop doing “all the things”.
I do not need to feel guilty. It’s okay if I work. It’s okay if I don’t. It’s okay if I breastfeed. It’s okay if I don’t. When I do what feels right, it is right for my family.
I do not need to say yes to everything. “No” is a powerful word and one that I will say often so I have the space to do what’s important and right for me.
I practice gratitude even when I feel I don’t receive it. Each day, I tap into things I am grateful for. It’s good for my health and my outlook. I know I won’t always feel appreciated, but I can always appreciate.
I savor the moments between the highlights. It is the mundane everyday snuggle or insignificant moment that I will one day miss. People spend so much time planning the weekends, the parties, the big events. But it’s my everyday life that I fully live.
I get what I focus on. When I focus on the things I want, my want only increases. If I focus on what I don’t have, that feeling of lack increases. Instead, I focus on the abundance, the opportunities and the possibilities, for when I focus on those things, I find them.
I imagine how I want my children to be one day. I hope that they will exercise, eat good foods, meditate, laugh a lot. That’s how I will live today. I will live as I one day hope my children will live.