Taking Time to Care for Yourself
Updated: Mar 1, 2019
Hi! My name is Amy. My husband and I have 3 boys. They are 14, 10 and 1 years old. Our youngest has special needs. He has a few rare conditions that mean we are going to a lot of appointments and he requires special care. To say we are busy is a bit of an understatement! haha We receive WIC for our littlest guy. When I saw a call out to help create a community for other participants of WIC, I thought it sounded like a pretty neat idea. I hope my thoughts will help you in some way! If I can be of any help, please let me know. :) Our little guy is G-Tube fed and is still on formula. That means that I can't speak much about a good number of topics on the site. So I decided to take a look at the "Mothers in Motion" Series.
"I can totally understand not having enough hours in the day."
The idea that these women have tried the methods they speak on, makes it very appealing to delve into and see how I can improve my own home (& myself)! The introduction to the series is the first 2 phases and they were full of great information that would be useful to anyone. For that reason, I am looking forward to the next segment.
Write it Down
Starting out by logging your daily activities, is the perfect first step. Seeing it in black and white makes it easy to see where time can be better spent. Make a "chore" or even "daily activities" list. That is definitely my speed. You know though, it never occurred to me to utilize that idea for my daily activities and chores. I make lists when I go to the grocery store or on a trip, when there are all sorts of things to remember. Chores seem so easy. But when you start thinking about it, there are a LOT of details that can be lost as you work. Especially if you are trying to tackle more than one thing at a time. Guess what.. I learned that multitasking actually takes LONGER than completing one job before moving on. I multitask at my job and I can get a lot more stuff done but that doesn't ring true at home. Who hasn't been putting things away and gotten distracted by "just a small job" in the next room? Then that small job runs into another and another, before you know it, you have 2 unfinished rooms and it doesn't seem like you have accomplished much at all. That is so frustrating!
Talk Nicely to Yourself
There were several things that I found very useful in the segment but I will only mention one other, the video says it better than I can. The last thing I wanted to make sure to mention was the "positive self talk". I know... When I saw it at first, I thought it sounded a little silly. You know what, though. I am my own worst critic. That is a fact. As I reflected on that part of the video I realized that my version of self talk is quite the opposite of positive. It usually occurs when I realize I did something wrong or forgot something. I'm sure you can guess what comes out of my mouth, at those times. "I can't believe I forgot...", "How stupid...". So I'm going to start thinking about those times a little differently.
I hope that by cutting out that negative cycle, I can be happier and I can more easily deal with daily stressors.
I think the little tips that I picked up, so far, in the series will definitely help me in the future. I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on the "Mothers in Motion" series and wish you much success.
Hi! I'm Amy. I am married and have 3 boys, 14, 10 and 1. I work part time and care for our special needs baby. I spend a lot of time trying to plan ways to raise awareness for his rare conditions- Dandy-Walker Malformation, Profound hearing loss, Audio Neural Adaptation and others. Our children are our future!