Life with a baby sure can be overwhelming. There’s just not enough TIME for everything! I have the same 24 hours I always had before, but it feels so much more precious and stretched thin, now.
Yesterday, I was dwelling on all the things on my to-do list that have suffered these past 7 months (since we welcomed Brooke into our lives) and wondering when things will settle down and go back to “normal” so I can get back on my game. (I haven’t accepted that this is just how it is, now.)
This morning, I started thinking about all the POSITIVE things I’m still able to do instead of thinking more about the negative. This helped me to realize I’m not a complete failure and I do have some successful habits that are worth acknowledging.
9 Successful Habits I’ve Maintained:
#1) I get 8 hours of sleep every night (8pm to 4am).
#2) I am prepared with plenty of good food for the week, in advanced.
#3) I exercise for about 1 hour every day and rest on Sundays.
#4) I drink lots of water all day long. (My water bottle never leaves my sight.)
#5) I maintain a successful pumping schedule so I can feed my baby and donate any extra.
#6) I take care of myself by seeing a physical therapist, regularly.
#7) I listen to audio books to make the most of my commute.
#8) I do laundry every Sunday so I don’t run out of clothes, mid-week.
#9) I start every week with a full tank of gas.
I might not be able to do everything I need/want to, but it helps to calm my stress when I look at a few of the positive habits I have maintained instead of dwelling on the endless list of things I can’t seem to keep up with. It’s easy to compare ourselves to others when we see another person succeeding in a category we are struggling in, but by taking a minute to review your own strengths, I bet you can turn that inner dialogue around and learn to focus on the positive.
Do you have any great habits that I could learn from? It could be as impactful as sleep or as simple as a laundry schedule. I’d love to know!