3 Ways to be a Happier Mum
Having struggled with post natal mental health issues, I’ve put a lot of thought into how to be a happier mum and into parental self care. We have to look after ourselves to be the best we can be for our children too. The other day I read a motivational quote that really resonated with me and I wanted to share it, and then some of the things I decided to make an effort on. “Your kids don’t want a perfect mum, they want a happy one.” There are dozens of variations of this saying with no origin accreditation, so who knows who first came up with the philosophy – but it’s 100% true. A few months ago I read The Supermum Myth – a book that dispels the myth of the supermum, that perfect mum who has everything together and is soooo much better than you. She doesn’t exist. It’s a book that helps you stop comparing and start dealing with your negative mum thoughts, insecurities and worries using CBT and other techniques. This has triggered me into actively trying to work on my mental health and be more positive about my own little victories. But here’s the million dollar question: How do you make yourself be happy when you’re tired, overwhelmed, worried and stressed? I don’t have a million dollar answer (sorry, I’d like to!) but I have been working on some simple ways to center yourself back on positive thinking. Here they are!