The to-do list never ends. The calendar is never open. The kids are never quiet. Motherhood is overwhelming and chaotic at the best of times.
Oh Mama, we know it’s hard. By the end of the day you are exhausted, filthy, and touched-out. It can be hard to find time to decompress. Depending on your children’s ages, it might be hard to find time to sleep! Try, in the midst of it all, to find a little time for gratitude.
It’s been proven time and time again that practicing gratitude is beneficial in many ways.
- It improves physical, emotional, and mental health
- It can increase empathy and reduce aggression
- Sleep improves
- Self-esteem, happiness, and optimism increase
- Relations are improved and created
- You can change your entire mindset and find meaning in your life
Sounds great, right? But how does a busy mom get started with tracking gratitude?
Start off by noticing the little moments throughout the day when you feel grateful; maybe it’s a tantrum-free trip to the grocery store or a clean bill of health at a doctor’s appointment. It can be as minor as no tears in the bathtub!
Next, start writing down one or two things you are grateful for each day. If you work on the computer often, start a new document in Google or Word and type a sentence or two. Scroll your phone in the evenings? Make a new “note” on an app and jot down a few thoughts of gratitude. Work your way up to five or ten things per day!
The more frequently you practice gratitude, the quicker it will become a habit and the sooner you will experience the benefits! Whether you keep an electronic list or a physical journal, reflecting on and writing down grateful thoughts will improve your quality of life and experience in motherhood!
Don’t forget- the SCCAA Community Actions Pathway HUB is an available resource for pregnant and new mothers in need of support, education, and community services.