Before becoming a mom, I had envisioned what my life would be like as a mother and all of the joy and laughter that comes with motherhood. What I did not envision, was all of the lack of time that I would have for myself, my work, my personal goals, and my dreams. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a mom, I love my children to death but I also love my work and that is okay!
The thing is that it is possible to love your kids, love your work, and love yourself. It is possible to make time to prioritize and execute your mental health, stay productive as a mompreneur, and be present for your family. One of the most important stages of personal development to make a priority is your physical, mental, and emotional health. I promise, there is time to prioritize your health.
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Here are 4 Steps on How to Prioritize Your Health While Staying Productive
- Positive Affirmations
A great way to start your day is with daily positive affirmations. Whether it’s writing down your daily affirmations in a journal, on your mirror, or just saying them out loud, starting out your day positively will set the tone for the rest of your day.
Positive affirmations help you rewire your brain so that instead of thinking negatively about yourself you begin thinking more positively. The way that this works is that when you tell yourself something positive about yourself, your mind begins to truly believe what you are telling it which, in turn, helps you create the reality that you want in your life.
In my household, my kids are not the only ones that enjoy coloring. I love my “Adult Coloring Affirmation Starter Kit: Channel Your Inner Warrior” by Ali Chovanec. There are many positive affirmation activities that are out there but these coloring pages are great because this is an activity I can do not only for myself but also with my children.
- Decluttering Your Life
Clutter is often overlooked when thinking about improving our mental health. If you are finding that your life is full of clutter. Whether its physical or mental clutter filling up your mind, clutter, is unhealthy. Decluttering your life will help you become more efficient and productive and the best part is, it will help reduce anxiety. I know that the older our kids get, the more “stuff” they need and the less time we have as busy working moms, it can be easy to fall into the trap of accumulating way too many things.
One amazing decluttering resource for busy working moms like you and me that I have found so helpful in decluttering my life is, “Elevate Your Productivity & Health” by Cristy Murray. This eBook is packed with information and actionable tips to help you with efficiency and productivity. It provides you with the reasons and motivation to help you get unstuck from the busy and tired place, so you can have more guilt-free time to snuggle with your kids on the couch.
- Setting Emotional Boundaries
With motherhood, comes the feeling of needing to put everyone else’s needs and emotions before your own. The reality is that if we give and give but never fit our own feelings and emotions into our day, it becomes almost inevitable to burn out quickly. Being a mom does not mean that you need to lose touch of your own emotions and take on everyone else’s. If you want to be successful at working from home as a mom, it is important to set emotional boundaries.
I have found a resource that has been very helpful to me in times when I feel like I am carrying everyone else’s emotions but my own. “Soothe Your Sensitive Heart: A Training For Empaths, Sensitives, And Emotional Sponges” by Céline Harleaux. This training is designed to help you find ways to be sensitive and to function in the world, without feeling emotionally drained. You will also learn how to set boundaries, take care of yourself, and be self-confident.
I saved this one for last not because it’s not as important as the other tips that I mentioned, but because it is so important that I want to make sure that you remember this. It’s not always easy to fit in time for self-reflection but I’m telling you from my own experience, making writing in a self-reflection journal a habit and a priority in my day, has helped me become significantly more productive.
Self-reflection can help you process your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. It is not enough to just think about it for a few minutes. Putting it all down on paper can help you analyze what is going on in your life. Being able to analyze your life allows you to be able to identify problems or hurdles that you need to overcome in order to be more productive.
If you’re finding yourself overwhelmed with your work and home life do not forget about the importance of self-reflection. If you feel like you are unproductive, this is the first step that you should be taking to figure out what in your life needs to change and how to shift your mindset.
I use, “The Self Growth Journal: 365 Self-Reflection Questions” by Nadalie Bardo. This is a 365-day self-reflection journal that takes you on an exploration of all things personal development. Each month focuses on a new topic, like goal setting, gratitude, mindset, time management, or self-love.
Writing in a self-reflection journal allows you to track your progress. When I can look back to where I was 5 years ago, 1 year ago, even just 6 months ago, and can see the progress that I have made, I find myself feeling so proud of myself and so motivated.
I’m ready to prioritize my health and increase my productivity, where do I begin?
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