Parenting is 24/7 365 days a year. Day and night, weekday and weekend. Meals and laundry. Schedules and appointments. Routines and exceptions. School and church. You get it. I get it. We all get it. The Mom life can be exhausting! Right?
As mom to the Wojo tribe, I’ve walked through many stages of motherhood over 22 years. I’ve experienced parenting through infancy, toddlerhood, preschool, grade school, tweens, teens, college, and young married adults. I’ve been a stepmom, special needs mom, and large family mom. I’m often asked, “How do you keep yourself positive? Isn’t life overwhelming?”
5 Simple Ways to Encourage Yourself as a Mom
I have to be honest and tell you that I’m not always positive. The challenges of sorrow, loss, suffering and heartache are demanding and weighty, just as they are for you. But I have implemented some golden habits along the way and today I wanted to share my heart in hopes that these 5 simple ways to encourage yourself as a mom will be truly helpful and easy to use. Sound good? Check out these 5 simple ways to encourage yourself as a mom.
Make a “thank you” stop.
What is a “thank you” stop? No matter where you are in the day, if you catch yourself beginning to feel emotionally or mentally drained, stop and take note of 3 things you are thankful for in the moment. If I am working on a task that I don’t enjoy, then I challenge myself with the question: “What are three things I can be thankful for right this second?”
Speak life to yourself.
I’m continually working to remind myself to say positive things to my children and if you’re reading this, you probably are too! But sometimes the person who needs to be reminded of their worth is me. Since parenting is a job that doesn’t produce instantaneous fruit, then I try to remember to say the following things to myself:
- God sees my heart.
- I am the beloved daughter of the King.
- This work will be worth it!
Phone a friend.
No, it’s not just a line from the game show, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” When you pick up the phone to call a friend and encourage her, you’ll find your own heart encouraged too! I will sometimes begin the call with, “Hey, I only have a minute, but I was just thinking about you and I wanted to call and let you know that your friendship means so much to me!” Isn’t it so cool the way God wired us to “give and we receive”? If you’re not as old school as me or limited on time, send a text. But ya’ll there is something about hearing the tone of a voice that is valuable.
Pray and work.
I believe in pausing to pray. I really do. Taking time to spend with God is a blessing and necessity for spiritual growth for sure. But sometimes we can’t take more time than we’ve already set aside. Sometimes there are no clean underwear for kids to wear the next day. Or maybe it’s time to head to an appointment. When my hands are busy, then my heart can still be praying, amen? So I find myself talking to God while I work on whatever tasks are at hand. It’s how I am continually learning to love what must be done.
Read inspirational words.
Words breathe life into my soul. I have positive wall art posted throughout my house, including Bible verses that I want to live out. Sometimes the words on the wall is also the “handwriting on the wall.” It’s hard to be aggravated about more dishes to wash or another meal to cook when the Bible verse in my kitchen reminds me “Let everything you do be done in love.”
I hope one of these tips has helped you! They certainly work for me.
To help you put the plan into action, I want to provide you with those one-minute encouraging words through this beautiful resource.
A Beautiful NEW Resource to Encourage Moms
Last summer I was given the privilege of working on a collaborative writing project that means so much to me. Introducing the beautiful, “One Minute Devotions for Mothers.”
You’re going to love this perfectly-designed pocket of encouragement! I enjoyed writing the devotions in this book because I know how one minute of encouragement can change a day’s outlook.
This book is ideal to:
- Keep in the car or van door pocket for wait-and-go moments like the parent pickup line for school, sports, or lessons.
- Leave on the back of the toilet for those 60 seconds of inspiration. (I’m not joking! No better place to get a minute of peace! :))
- Give to weary mamas who could use quick spiritually-energizing pep talks.
If you’re a mother or you know a mama who could use literally just one minute of encouragement to boost her through the day, then this book is for you! Check out the video below where I read a sample from the book!
One-Minute Devotions for Mothers – Daily Devotional
from: DaySpring Cards Inc