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Being a mom makes life quite a bit busier. In addition to all of the things you had on your plate pre-mamahood (which usually don’t go away), you are suddenly charged with one of the most important tasks in the world—raising a human being.
It’s daunting, and incredibly overwhelming at times. Since becoming a mom for the first time just over four years ago, I’ve let the hectic schedule get the best of me. I’ll admit it. Life balance has not been a thing for me, and my well-being has suffered for it.
Over the past few months, I’ve decided to make a shift towards finding a better way to function with all of the hats I wear daily—I’ve said “yes” to finding a mom-life balance. It will always be a work-in-progress, but these three big moments of “yes” have been making a big impact on my day-to-day life as a mama and more:
“Yes” to Valuing My Time
I can’t do everything. No one can. As busy moms, we need to remind ourselves of this on a daily basis. Time really is the most valuable currency that we have, and finding that balance between “getting it done” and “enjoying the moment” is what I’m trying to do.
Some days are more work; some are more play.
Some nights I prepare a home-cooked meal from scratch. On other nights, I depend on thoughtfully-stocked pantry staples like Well Yes!® Soups, which are crafted with care by someone who is not me. 😉 Since they contain purposeful ingredients (ones that do not contain artificial flavors or color, and that are non-GMO), I can feel good about pulling out a can (with non-BPA lining) when things get busy. Doing so frees up an extra 30 minutes that I can use to play with my children, talk to my guy, or just quietly exist.
“Yes” to Healthful Choices
I try to say “yes” to small healthful choices throughout the day. It’s amazing how they can add up to improve your mood and overall well-being.
For me, every day begins with a 5-10 minute stretch and a cup of hot water with lemon. Sometimes I’m soothing a crying baby while stretching, or brushing my pre-schooler’s teeth while drinking my lemon water, but I choose to make it happen every day.
I also try to make healthful choices when it comes to my meals. Breakfast can be hit or miss depending on the schedule. Dinner has to be approved by the whole family. But lunch? That’s my meal during the workweek—and I like to keep it healthy when I can. Whether it’s a beautiful fresh salad or a delicious bowl of Well Yes! Soup, which features real nutritious ingredients like sweet potatoes, kale, and quinoa, I like to nourish both my body and my spirit during my lunch hour—to say “yes” to the good stuff so that I have what I need to say “yes” in the rest of my day.
“Yes” to Letting Go of Perfection
Let’s be honest—sometimes all of the planning and positive thinking in the world can’t stop a crazy day from going awry. And that’s okay.
Not every day is going to be perfect. Embracing the reality that you can’t control everything and saying “yes” to letting go of the need for perfection is truly liberating.
Do the best that your present situation allows you to do in each given moment, and then move on. Don’t dwell. Don’t stress. Don’t lay awake replaying the “shoulda-woulda-couldas” in your mind long into the wee hours of the night. Breathe in…and out. Now let it go. (Really.)
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