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Making Self-Care My New Mom Goal in 2020

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Screw your perfect mom blogs, I’m not going to live an overwhelmed life to feel better about myself

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No one tells you this about Motherhood

I’m too tired and anxious to click another one of those Pinterest articles titled, “17 Ways to Be a Better Mother”. I just can’t. I know I’m not winning any parenting awards, but I my kids know I love them and that’s the highest aspiration I can afford. Because I am SO burned out right now.


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And I’m not perfect, I’m an anxious mother of two whose anxiety manifests as anger. Read more about it in my article: I might look nice in pictures BUT I’m the THAT Mom | How my Anxiety turns into Anger and I take it out on my kids.

Instead of getting exhausted to my limits – this year I’m putting more of my effort into me! It’s all about self-care for me in 2020.

What is Self Care

Self-care is taking good care of your body, your mind, and your spirit. You choose to improve and not damage your physical, mental, or emotional health. This is a journey and not a destination for me.

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I’m really feeling the effects of putting everyones needs above mine. I feel guilty. I wake up and run through my mental to do list and previous days failures. My kids don’t respect my needs. My clients push me around. It’s time to show everyone – including myself where the standard is for how you treat “Meg”.

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What ISN’T Self Care

Self care is not something that I will force myself to do. It’s something that’s going to fuel me and not drain me. I like editing videos and writing articles. I would rather do that than get my nails done or take a bath.

Setting time aside for myself for things that fuel me will be my self care.

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Mind

I will choose to find quiet moments away from the chaos. I will feed my mind good things and not bad things (like that click-bait sad story on FB. I’m gonna scroll right past it!). I will not take on the mental burden or guilt of others this year.

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Another thing, my personal self care is more important than the crumbs on my car floor. (And there's a lot of em!) I’m going to let crap like that go. It will not bother me like it used to. Like Elsa said, Let it go! #princesswisdom

Body

When I’m stressed, I usually eat garbage. Not literal garbage, but sugary salty nonsense that only makes me feel bloated and tired. I will be diligent in taking my multivitamins, eating a vegetable here and there and saying “no thank you” to the overindulgence.

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I will also love my body in the mirror. I’m sick of giving myself a full body scan as I look for imperfections. I like it. It’s mine. It's healthy and functioning.

I will love who is in the mirror. Because this body is a gift from God. I will be choose to be grateful.

My Spirit

This year I will choose to look more for God. I will pray instead of panic. I will search for answers instead of believing everything that is told to me. I will love God more and love my neighbor more.

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Self-care is not always bubble baths and walking away from negative people. I think it’s when you get to the point in life where you are done ignoring your own needs. I think this is all too common for my fellow mommies and daddies!

We are super humans who can do anything – but that doesn’t mean we have to DO everything! It’s exhausting and you need to take care of yourself so you can better love and serve your loved ones.

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There’s my soap box rant for 2020. This is me. I’m finally choosing self-care over self-destructions disguised as "selflessness". It’s time for Mommy. Cheers to the Year of the Mommy!

Who’s with me?!

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