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Find someone you really like to hug. Do it tightly for at least 20 seconds.
Do something silly, playful and fun, even if only for a few minutes.
Not just a giggle. Find someone you can belly laugh with. Make them your person.
Meditate or Pray.
No matter your beliefs, find a quiet place to just be still.
Walk, dance, climb, run. Whatever. Move your body and elevate your heart rate.
Go to bed early.
Your body, mind and soul will thank you.
Drink mostly water.
Again, your body, mind and soul will thank you.
Pursue a passion project.
Write, build, create. Do something that ignites your soul. Carve out some space and time. You deserve it.
Work through your difficult emotions.
Feelings you keep inside of you are going to come out in other ways. Find a support system and a way to heal and resolve those difficult emotions.
Read or listen to something uplifting.
A poem, personal development, a podcast, a suspenseful novel. Even 15 minutes will inspire and uplift you.
Poems on the Hot Mess of Motherhood
by Bunmi Laditan
“The magic of motherhood is how it manages to drain and fill you all at once.”
I try to read something inspirational every day. Dear Mother, by Bunmi Laditan is one of my favourites. This little book of poetry is my “go-to” on days when I don’t have a lot of time to read but I need some serious soul food.
Laditan's poetry is simple, short and sweet, but manages to hit every motherhood experience, from the spiritual to the commonplace. Some poems are deeply personal, exploring themes such as self-doubt, deep fatigue and the challenge of single-parenting. Others are witty and examine the trials and tribulations of parenting young children and trying to live up to society’s expectations.
Laditan’s work is relatable, amusing, touching, deeply personal and inspirational. Put on a pot of tea, snuggle into the couch and get ready to feel all of the feelings.
There are few things as powerful as a walk in the woods to shift your mindset.
Feeling angry? Go to the woods.
Melancholy? Go to the woods.
Grateful? Go to the woods.
Adventurous? Go to the woods.
Existential? Go to the woods
You see where I'm going with this. Getting out in nature can completely change, restore, inspire, soothe, reset and redirect your mindset. Escape to the woods. Be quiet. Be still. Breathe and reset.
I have recently started listening to podcasts. I know, I know. Where have I been, right? Nonetheless, I have just discovered them and they are an introvert's dream. Someone can say lovely things to me but I still get to be by myself!
As an introvert who does extroverted things, I give away a lot of my emotional energy. I must recharge by spending time alone with my thoughts daily.
There are times, however, when I prefer to spend time alone with other people's thoughts! Watching t.v. just doesn't do it for me. I want to hear real people talk about their lived experiences. This is why listening to podcasts has become a really enjoyable habit.
There are so many podcasts that I enjoy. I have different ones that I listen to when I'm in different moods. Yet, the podcast that I'd like to share today is called "Straight Up", by Trent Shelton.
What do I like about it? Well, his actual voice is soothing. I connect with his passion, honesty, strength and subject matter. As the title suggests, he tells it "straight up" and so much about his perspective resonates with me.
"Understand something. Everybody is not going to get you."