3 Steps to Appreciating Yourself

Motherhood is hard work. And we rarely get told we are doing a good job.

Everyone loves to be noticed and appreciated for their hard work. Just because we’re mothers doesn’t mean that we stop needing recognition. Sometimes we get praise from our partners or our friends, but a lot of the time women feel invisible in the work of motherhood.

Why wait to receive the appreciation you crave from others? By holding out this expectation, you make yourself vulnerable to resent if or when others do not comply.

Appreciating yourself is empowering! Being your own fan can be a refreshing, fun process!

Here are three ideas of how you can do this.

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3 Simple Daily Habits for Motherhood Stress

In the wake of adjusting to life with a new baby, routines tend to center around Baby’s needs. But the vital truth is you, as a mother, need a nurturing routine that is just about YOU. Postpartum stress can eat away at your focus on self-care. And mamas all too easily put themselves last. Yet one secret to deep satisfaction is dedicating some consistent space in your life where you put yourself first.

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Nervines for Postpartum Anxiety

Nervines are excellent herbal allies for soothing postpartum anxiety. These nerve tonics offer gentle relaxation and calm without being too sedative. They restore emotional balance while nourishing the nerves and nervous system. Nervines specifically “help calm anxiety, heart, and GI tract symptoms caused by stress, mild sleeplessness, [and] irritability” (Winston & Maimes 206). They include antidepressant, pain relieving, and sleep enhancing qualities.

Let’s explore some of the best nervines for postpartum anxiety.

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Letter to a New Mother

Your moods and emotions may span the spectrum of the rainbow. One day you may feel sweet like the pinks and coral tones. Another day you may be deep and quiet like the blues of the sea. And sometimes you’ll rage red and brown, like a forest fire. Your motherhood is unique to you, a daily work in progress.

Striving for motherhood perfection is based on achieving our cultural, mental idea of what a “perfect” mother is…It’s truly a mind f-ck.

The perfect mother for your children is who YOU are, not who someone else says you should be, or the version of saintly or hip mothering that you constantly compare yourself to.

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A Delightful Diet for Postpartum Mamas

There is often much emotion attached to the word “diet.” Did you know the English word “diet” has its roots in the beautiful ancient Greek word díaita? The original and longstanding primary meaning of diet is “way of life.” How grand is that? It seems though that we have turned away from this beautiful way of thinking about our diet as a way of life through attaching thoughts of deprivation, suffering, restriction, and even martyrdom to this four-letter word. Does this perspective do us any good?

Let’s return for a moment to looking at our diet as our way of life.

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