How I stay encouraged as a mom
As a mom, it is easy to become discouraged. Over the past few weeks I have posted about my struggles in becoming a mom as well as some indulgences to get me through those rough days. Today, I wanted to write about how I stay encouraged as a mom. Here are a few methods I use to stay positive that I want to share with you.
I have found that one of the best ways to stay positive is to talk to someone who has been where you are. It helps you realize that what you are going through is completely normal and you are not alone. I have a few friends that I talk to about what is going on with me, as well as what is going on with my baby. They often offer advice that really puts things into perspective. It is also really helpful to know that someone is there to talk to and lean on when you just need to let it all out. Sometimes you aren’t looking for advice, and an “I’m sorry” and a hug is all you really need to lift your spirits.
Writing down the good stuff
One of the things I really struggle with when I am going through a rough patch, is remembering all of the happy moments I have had with my son. It’s sort of like the dark cloud over me is so thick that I don’t even remember that the sun exists. So, I have started writing down some of the things I love most about being a mom to my son. It helps me reflect on the good times instead of dwelling on the hard ones. Pictures and videos also offer a lot of encouragement. If I am feeling down, I watch a video of my son cracking up and it immediately makes me smile.
Motherhood is HARD. Because of that, there are a lot of books about motherhood and dealing with all of the difficulties that come with it. I am currently reading a book titled Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae. I highly recommend it! I plan to write my thoughts on the book in future posts. Again, reading books like this help remind you that you are not alone. So many other moms have been where you are and lived to tell about it.
I love music. It always seems to lift my spirits and put me in a good mood. My parents bought me an Amazon Echo Dot for Christmas this past year so through out the day I say, “Alexa, play Christian music.” It has really helped keep me uplifted and encouraged throughout the day. I have to give my husband credit for this one, he is the one who suggested it.
Prayer & Love
I would be amiss if I did not mention prayer. I believe that God is the supplier of my joy. He holds my every tear in His hands. He promised in His word that He would never leave me nor forsake me (Hebrews 13:5 KJV). That means when I am having a rough day, I can call out to Him and He is always there. I also have to mention love because without the love of my God, family and friends, there is absolutely no way I could survive.