Motherhood can be hard at times. We grow up with our experience as a child with (or without) an ideal mom making a great impact on us. We form core beliefs about what being a mom is. We strive for ‘Wonder Woman’ status because we want to demonstrate those attributes we admired in other women. We try very hard to avoid those things we swore we would never do. The thoughts (memories, images, words, phrases) that we picture or hear in our head are what drives our actions. It’s difficult to thrive when all the thoughts running through our head are negative.
One thing that helps to change and train your brain for your good is stopping dead in your tracks (thought stopping) and replacing the current negative thought with a positive and more realistic thought. Speak it out loud. Write it on your bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker, on a postcard by your bed, or save it as a screensaver on your phone. Make it your mantra. When you are frustrated, when you are driving and your mind is wandering, as you cook, or are hiding in the bathroom and gathering some respite from the craziness of it all- repeat your positive affirmation. You will begin to believe it and change will begin to occur. This is one small way to practice self care, for you- Wonder Woman, wonder mom, wonder wife, wonder human!
Here is a list of common positive affirmations you can choose from or come up with your own.