This weeks guest blog post has been written by Caroline Dodd – Founder of Love Mums. Caroline is a mum of two young children and understands how overwhelming, frustrating and lonely being a mum can be. Over time she has discovered simple techniques that help to take the stress away and enable her to enjoy being with her children.
Caroline set up Love Mums as she wanted to share these techniques with other mums and establish a supportive community. You can find out more here.
Read on for Caroline’s advice on getting through the first few months of the new year.
Christmas is over
So… it’s January. Christmas is over. We had festive fun and frolics, stresses and lots of food and drink. We spent weeks, even months, preparing for it… buying presents, visiting Santa, family get togethers, writing cards, deciding what food to eat, putting the decorations up, lists, lists and more lists.
It’s back to normal
Christmas can consume so much of our time in the last few weeks of the year, and then all of a sudden it’s January, the decorations are taken down, we’re back at work and it’s all back to normal. The next bank holiday is months away and it’s all a bit of a come down. But of course it doesn’t have to be! Remember that you are in charge of your life and it can be whatever you want it to be.
Do it for YOU
January is an ideal time for new beginnings, setting goals and creating a new you. If you want to do a detox, start bootcamp or get a new haircut then go for it – but make sure you do it because it makes you happy. Eat the food that tastes delicious and gives you energy, do the exercise that makes you feel alive, get the haircut that makes you feel fabulous. Don’t do it because your friend is doing it, or because it worked for someone else, or because you feel that you ‘should’.
What makes you happy?
If January is a quiet time for you it’s an ideal month to take stock and reflect on your life. Think about what makes you happy and unhappy in your life. What could you do more of? What can you drop? If something isn’t making you happy look at ways to move away from it. It might not be possible to instantly drop it, for example if you don’t enjoy your job. But think about how you could make the most of it, or take action to find a different source of income. Write it down, talk it out, take action. Make 2018 your year.
Although you were awesome last year right? So shall we just continue being awesome?
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