Something I think most parents struggle with is juggling work and home life without losing their sense of self and without neglecting their own needs. We often talk about juggling work and home life but rarely do we talk about strategies for also getting in some much needed self care so that we can be the best version of ourselves.
As a parent, especially if you are a new parent, you might really struggle with not feeling like yourself and it is completely normal. Normal but maybe not healthy or OK. Thankfully you can change that. You can actively work on just being yourself in addition to being a parent.
Here are 9 Powerful Motivational Strategies to keep yourself uplifted and ready to stick to your goals, reach for your dreams, and to take better care of yourself. It’s time for you to do you.
Learn to Say No
This was a hard lesson for me, and one I learned only recently. I used to have a hard time saying no to things, my fear of missing out would kick in hard. It got to the point where I was spending large amounts of my time doing things I just didn’t want to do, and I started to feel very apathetic about things I once enjoyed. After a conversation with a friend, I realised I needed to stop worrying about what would happen if I said no because saying no meant I would be able to say yes to the stuff I actually have an interest in.
Put in the effort to go outside every day. Whether that means you go for a walk or simply sit with a coffee on the patio, you will enjoy a boost of energy and a heightened sense of well-being.
Exercise is a great stress buster, and it provides many health benefits. Even just a quick morning walk will make a difference in your day and help you feel more like yourself.
Unplug from technology for awhile. Most people these days grab their phone the second they wakeup and keep it with them at all times. The thing is that this generally leads to work and work can wait 5 minutes while you live your life a little.
One way many of us try to juggle all our hats is to skip on sleep leaving our bodies unable to fully function. Sleep is necessary and 7.5 hours of sleep a night is a goal you should be aiming for to not only feel better, but to be better as well.
Enjoy your Weekend
Unplug from work. Do not bring work home with you. Take time instead to enjoy all the things you love doing. Spend more time with your family, head to the spa, participate in hobbies and activities you enjoy,
Be More Forgiving
Stop being so hard on yourself when something goes wrong. Allow yourself the same love, compassion, and respect that you would give your children. Don’t you think it is time to stop being harder on yourself than you would be on anyone else.
Don’t get me wrong, being humble is important, but so is recognising your own self worth. Affirm to yourself that you are fabulous. That you have accomplished so much. Do not dwell on any failures and instead allow yourself to enjoy your accomplishments.
Laughter is the best medicine. Laughing can actually provide health benefits including lowering stress and improving your immune system. It can also help promote an increased sense of well-being.
Drink More Water
Your body and mind are important and they both need to be kept in good shape. Drinking water will help keep you hydrated, less hungry, refreshed and is an important step in living a healthier life style.
Stay motivated to take better care of your body by swapping out high calorie beverages for a refreshing drink of Nestlé Pure Life Sparkling Water.
Nestlé Pure Life Sparkling Water makes adopting healthy hydration goals easy. They taste great like sugar filled carbonated beverages but much like regular water they actually contain 0 calories and 0 sugar.
I love how Nestlé Pure Life Sparkling Water really lifts my day and helps me stay motivated because I feel like I am treating myself while maintaining healthy hydration.
I love to fill a glass up with ice cubes, some fresh fruit and Nestlé Pure Life Sparkling Water for a cool, refreshing drink that really lifts me up and adds sparkle to my day.
It is available in 1 Litre bottles in Lemon, Lime, Mandarin Orange, and Black Cherry that are perfect for enjoying at home.
355mL cans are also available in Lemon Lime, Raspberry Lime, and Mango Peach Pineapple which is ideal for hydration on the go.
Next time you feel not quite yourself, try these strategies to get past it and be the best you that you can be.
What’s your favourite Nestlé Pure Life Sparkling Water flavour?
Disclosure: This post is part of the YummyMummyClub.ca and Nestle partnership. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors.
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!