2020 was a year to say the least. A year full of hardships and lessons that no one asked for. With 2020 coming to a close, it is time to start thinking about how we can better ourselves in 2021. I’m sharing a few of the best New Year’s resolutions for moms.
As mothers, we aren’t so great at self-care. What is eating three meals a day? We eat the leftovers off of our kid’s snack plates. What is nap time? There are littles who won’t sleep and there are loads of laundry to be done. We don’t even get to go to the bathroom alone. You can love motherhood and still recognize the strain it takes on women. It is a full-time job! We have to do better. How can we be patient, kind, and creative with our children when we aren’t taking good care of ourselves?
Self-care goes out the window
Why is it so hard for us to take good care of ourselves? For many of us, it is guilt that stands in the way. We feel like we should be devoting all of our time and attention to our kids. In turn, we make excuses instead of doing things that would greatly benefit our bodies. Nope, can’t come to the wine and design because my kids are cranky today. I wish I could get a facial, but I can really just take a shower and call it a day. Sorry, can’t spend money on a gym membership because I should really save that money for something else. STOP THAT, MAMA!
Overriding the excuses
One of your new year’s resolutions needs to be to override those excuses. You can easily do that by fixing your mental talk. Start affirming yourself more often. Yes, I’ll be at that event! I would love to spend time with my friends. Yes, I deserve the spa day and a facial. I’m a hard working mama. Yes, I should join the gym because it benefits my health in so many ways. A little self-care can really go a long way. When you’re refreshed and happy, you’re a better mama. You need your brain and your body on the same page to make this new year’s resolution to come true.
Taking the steps
You’re going to start saying yes to things for yourself, and you’re going to follow through. Let your family know the plan. Organize a babysitter if you need to. Find a gym in your area. If you’re in the Nashville area, I absolutely recommend checking out CrossFit Solid Orange. They are Nashville’s best reviewed CrossFit gym! You can read through the hundreds of positive reviews on their website to get a feel for the community that you will potentially be joining if it is a good fit. You don’t need to be a gym rat to start CrossFit, so it doesn’t matter if you haven’t worked out since before the first baby. Go as you are, and start working on your fitness. You’re doing this to better yourself. Not only will it improve your physical strength, but it is going to help you clear your head! You’ll be in there with people who are ready to support you. They’re ready to celebrate your accomplishments and challenge you to push yourself even further.
Don’t throw your selfcare out the window in the new year. Let’s start doing better for ourselves, so we can give our babies what they need. Lead by example, and show your children that you’re taking care of yourself too. Are you adding this to your list of New Year’s resolutions?