The Mom life struggle is something that is joked around about through countless memes on the internet, but the truth behind those memes we relate with is all too real. I was blessed to be able to stay at home with my children from the time my oldest was 18 months old, up until I decided to reenter the workforce 10 months ago. I will forever be thankful for the almost 7 years I stayed home with my babies full-time, but that time took me to a mental place where I was only able to see myself as a wife and mother. My time was spent cleaning up after those around me, taking care of little people, a house, bills, errands for the family and a husband who was working hard for us and thus-hardly around. I was depressed, overwhelmed and felt as though I had completely lost my identity. It wasn’t until I discovered Minimalism that I learned how to invest in myself.
Self-care is a concept that many mom’s I have spoken to do not feel is obtainable…and I get it. Prior to minimalism, I thought that I couldn’t do it. The idea of truly investing time in my self-seemed overwhelming and selfish, but this minimalist journey I am on has shown me that I must focus on what is on the inside as well as the out.
This discovery has allowed me to get to know myself better. It helped me to find the tools that I need to not only function but to flourish as I conquer everyday life as well as hard times that I inevitably stumble upon.
My go-to tools are:
- Bubble Baths
- A Beauty Regime
- Working Out
- Social Time
You see, minimalism required a mindset change for me. It taught me to invest in myself wisely and carefully. It helped me eliminate items, I once felt were important (chores, errands, unnecessary relationships, etc.) but were draining my mentally and physically. And it taught me that those items could be replaced with moments that help me find happiness as I continuously strive to be a better person.
Have you ever heard the phrase that if you treat yourself well, goodness will trickle down to those around you? I have found this to be true as I watched the tricking effect self-care not only had on me but on my family as well. After all, it lifted the “mom fog” I was under and allowed me to connect to myself, my family and the world around me on a healthier scale.
Looking for more suggestions about self-care? Check out my board on Pinterest.