It is easy to get down about stuff as a Mum.
Some days we just haven’t got it together, some days people comment on how tired we look, or on how grumpy we are. We get asked, “How’s it going?” But nobody really wants to hear that you’re struggling is what we think, and so we answer that “We’re fine” or we make a joke about not being able to survive without a glass of wine, or that cup of coffee, or box of chocolates. Why do we do that? (Something to ponder another day).
It’s especially disheartening when we’re feeling really good, and on to it, and in control, and then we get told that we’re looking tired and a bit down. Over the years I’ve tried to train myself out of making that statement “You look tired”, and then I found out from a friend that she likes it when people notice when she’s tired cause then she can offload all her problems. There’s no really right way to deal with this it seems, but what brings us up again?
I’ve been wondering about this a bit lately and I’ve noticed that INSPIRATION is the key. When we see people doing inspiring things, with inspirational stories it can really bring my mood up, and more and more mums are getting their ‘inspiration on’ to lift their moods.
Depending on our individual natures we are all inspired in different ways – from the hard luck mum who won the lottery story, to the clever dog who protected herself and her puppies in a hole while Cyclone Pam blew overhead. For me, it’s about those that are like me, but still figured out a way to make their dreams come true, or watching a friend achieve something they didn’t think they were capable of. People that love learning, and continue to learn throughout their lives are inspiring. My children are a huge inspiration to me, they get up again and again and put themselves back in the game, in a way that we as adults have stopped doing. And there are many more little things that keep me inspired every day.
Loving daffodils on my birthday inspired me to plant some bulbs – now I get new flowers every year – and I love it!
On a tough day – getting some inspiration to start that quilt that we’ve been meaning to get to for 8 months, or planting that vegie garden that we’ve always wanted, these are really powerful happiness measures, and can improve our energy and our moods for days at a time.
When we take inspiration and add action we can really make things happen in our lives, and bring a lot of happiness to our parenting.
What inspires you?
Or maybe you need to get back on this train – what used to inspire you? And can you bring it back into your life?