How to find joy
You can be a joyful mother, enjoying this phase of life. Despite the hard times. These practical questions can give you a nudge in the direction that’s right for you.
– Find some time for yourself, every week. Ask you husband to take care of your little one(s). Make sure you can be alone and you won’t be interrupted. As little as an hour of uninterrupted time can make a huge difference.
– Ask yourself how am I doing? What do I really need? Write down a few things that would make you feel better.
– Take some time to read. Read your Bible, take an hour to read your favourite book. Write in your diary. Buy the latest edition of your favourite magazine.
– Think about next week. Make a global plan of your planning for the week. When will you shop for groceries? Do you have any special occasions you need to prepare for? Plan when you’re going to prepare for it too! What are some fun activities you plan on doing this week?
– Also, check for hormone related issues when you feel sad regularly & you suspect a link between your mood and your cycle. Leisha Drews from Life Abundant Wellness is an excellent source of information on healthy living & hormone related issues.
– Share your story with other mothers. Whether that be online or in person. Older mothers can give you advice and perspective. They can assure you what it normal, what is right and how long you can expect things to be like they are.
To wrap things up…
Above all, accept the phase of life you’re in right now. This time will pass. But it has it’s beauties too. It will form you like nothing else can, it will give you life experiences that might make you the perfect person to help someone else in the future. Also, it will teach you patience, dilligence, perseverence, hope. Count your blessings. They are there. Sometimes we just need to focus on them more… :)
Read more about motherhood…
11 ways to really help a new mom by Ruth from Acorns to Oaks
What to do when you’re a tired mom by Jamie from Ginger Homemaking
Simple ways to care for you pregnant friend by Tani from Unraveled Motherhood