Some people live by New Years resolutions, making them year after year. I know quite a few people who don’t believe in resolutions as they feel the term “resolution” is one that is begging to be broken. Regardless of where you stand, everyone makes goals towards things they want to do, change or improve.
This year I made several goals for myself and one of them is something I think every mom should put on her agenda.
Taking a time out.
Get your nails done or schedule a hair appointment. There is nothing like a couple of hours at the beauty salon to transform the way you look and feel. That one hour of pampering can make such a difference!
Sign up for an exercise or yoga class at your local recreation center. If you don’t have any nearby don’t worry you can now bring the experts into your own home thanks to the wide array of DVDs available now.
Do you like to knit, crochet, sew, all of the above? Or perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn. There is no time like the present! There are all sorts of excellent books, YouTube video instructions and project ideas you can find to get you started. Another bonus – you can use your skills to make beautiful clothing and accessories for your little ones!
Learn A New Language
Have you always wished you could speak another language? There are several podcasts that are available for free through iTunes or you can purchase a computer program such as Rosetta Stone which provides top notch 30 minutes lessons that you can learn at your own pace.
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Read & Set A Yearly Quota
Reading is one of life’s simple pleasures. Books can take you places, teach you things and transport you into different eras. I use GoodReads to keep track of the books I read and enjoy using their yearly challenge feature. It always me to set a quota for myself each and every year.
Pick Up Your Camera
Start capturing the beauty around you with your camera. If you want to learn how to shoot with a DSLR camera, sign up for a photography class or purchase a how-to book. That being said, you don’t need a big fancy camera to shoot beautiful photos as your smartphone can do amazing things! If you have an iPhone or Droid, download Instagram. It’s a fantastic app that lets you transform your photos with filters and share them amongst your friends and family.
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Go For A Swim
Hire a sitter or ask dad to watch the kids while you head out for a quick swim. Your local gym or recreation center will most likely offer swim packages for a low price. It’s great exercise and lots of fun!
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Writing has always been an outlet for me, one that brings me peace and comfort no matter how busy my life. Taking time out to record daily events and thoughts provides a release and reduces stress. It doesn’t cost much either. All you need is a notebook and a pen ;).
Enjoy a Cuppa
Call up a friend and head out for for a coffee to catch up, relax and laugh a bit. Friends are good for the soul and those relationships tend to take a back seat when baby arrives!
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Mom and Dad need a break too! Hire a sitter or ask Grandma to come over and watch the kids so you and your significant other can enjoy each others company over a dinner and/or a movie.
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Mamas, please join me. We are strong and capable of just about anything, but in order to give our full potential we have to take care of ourselves too. Being a mom is a 24/7 job that never ends. We are pulled in every which way, giving as much as we can to the people we love the most in our lives.
- Up in the middle of the night – check.
- Teething baby – check.
- Cooking meals – check.
- Cleaning up constantly – check.
- Working – check.
- Appointments to be made, run to, groceries to be bought – check, check.
The ongoing stress of juggling it all can be exhausting and it never ends. If you are a new mom it can be completely overwhelming. Many of my hobbies have taken a back seat since I had children and it was completely my fault. I put myself last. With a life overflowing with busyness, I forgot about me, mom.
It doesn’t have to be something that interferes with your daily routine, instead put yourself on the schedule. By taking 30 minute here and there and carving out time for some of your own passions and interests. New moms especially!
If you are at a loss here are some ideas to get you started