Whether you are a mom, a stepmom with or without your own children, being happy is not just a necessity, but crucial. Some of us tend to create impressions that we are truly happy to satisfy the emotional well-being of our children and husbands but fooling ourselves at the same time.
As I have written in prior posts, I feel that the number one reason we dont allow ourselves to be happy is because we have conjured up this notion that we are not allowed to nurture ourselves. We refuse to “let go” of being the “be all and do all” for everyone except ourselves. This is really a crime to our mental and emotional well-beings. Key words…”being all and doing all” for ourselves, FIRST, doesn’t limt our happiness.
When we are only happy within limits, we are accomplishing nothing except giving ourselves self-satisfaction in exchange for a ruinous path. By doing this, we cannot submit our grievances to our partners if we are not prepared to change this bad habit at the same time. By limiting your own personal happiness, later in life, you will be remorseful for not paying attention to yourself.
Throughout my 20′s and 30′s, I lived this way myself, mostly unhappy and neglected; not because I couldn’t be happy, but because I chose to put everyone ahead of me! Because I was a single mom for most of those years, I didn’t think I had the time, nor did I feel it was proper to put myself before my children. Boy, was I wrong! As I have stated before, it’s like when you first board the airplane; the stewardess teaches you to always put the oxygen mask on yourself before your children. Why, because if you aren’t healthy and able-bodied how can you help anyone else? The same goes for taking care of ourselves as single parents, moms and stepmoms. It wasn’t until recently, in my early 40′s did I really begin to see those effects and how by incorporating a few simple changes I could make my life better. It really was an epiphany to me. Now, I yearn each day to see what other ways I can find to incorporate more happiness. By doing this, I have become a way better mother and stepmother.
Here are a few simple tips for nurturing that you can apply in your life as well:
- Take time to focus on your personal spiritual growth.
- Splurge on yourself once in a while — you work hard — you deserve it!
- Take 1 hour a day to yourself and focus on YOU!
- Surround yourself with good people who are uplifting.
- Take time for friendships.
- Take a class or focus on a hobby that brings you joy.
Another important value of finding happiness is “weeding out your obstacles.” Keep in mind that just as weeds can take over a garden or a flower bed, they can take over your thoughts, perceptions and attitudes to the detriment of your own well-being. Even healthy plants, if they aren’t cultivated properly, get sick. As women, we run ourselves down at the drop of a hat; even dropping everything at a moments notice when our children, step-children or husbands need something. Often times, it becomes overwhelming and feels like you are fighting against a never-ending current, all of which makes us uneven and out of balance.
Moving our obstacles out of the way of our true happiness allows us to take a stand for what is crucial to preserve…and that is living not just happily but abundantly. Our children and step-children will grow up and move on and we need to have our own happiness. As I stated in the preamble of this post, this not only applies to moms, but equally importantly to step-moms. There is a preconceived notion that it’s okay for moms to need a break from the monotony of every day life and motherhood, but if a stepmom expresses such, she is being weak, unloving and mean. What husbands and ex-wives forget is that a stepmom deals with the same, if not more, issues and stresses any other parent in the blended family. Think about it, she has her own children, her stepchildren, constantly changing routines to fit everyone, and most of the time, she is overlooked in the appreciation department. Even still, she also deserves to find happiness and to take time for herself as well.
So get on board ladies!! Don’t be afraid to move and weed out those obstacles! I promise you, you will be a better person and mother for it!
Peace & Blessings,