Motherhood is far from being “easy as pie”! And I am definitely not the first one telling you this, you have perhaps experienced it yourself too.
To be honest, after being a school teacher, so much of becoming a stay-at-home-mom was fun yet so much of it was “different”. From my daily schedule to my hair, clothes or body, nothing at all remained the same. I would often succumb to a feeling of isolation.
I started blogging and content writing when my baby was a little over a year. With a baby so young and a writing goal to achieve, on most nights, I’d go to bed exhausted yet there encompassed a feeling of accomplishment.
I bought my first book, as a mother, for myself, two years after I become a mom. It took me months to finish it. But on rough days, reading that book took my mind off the hustle.
The point I am trying to make here is : whether a mom is working outside of her home or not, she must have habits that bring joy, balance, perspective and a sense of relaxation into her.
Blogging, photography, organising, reading, taking a walk or working out energizes me. I feel encouraged, refreshed and most importantly more patient when I spend time doing something I like.
Now you really don’t have to be a mom to indulge in activities that make you happy. But after a woman becomes a mother, she smoothly transits from caring and loving herself to loving and caring for others. It’s a great thing, but as someone rightly said – You Cannot pour from an empty glass. A mother needs to gain her sense of identity back and love herself equally as she loves others.
So now that I have insisted enough upon the fact that you must take up a habit that makes you happy, I thought I’d list a few options too :
– Content writing
– Instagraming ( No! Please don’t roll your eyes, it can be quite a hobby )
– Listing to podcasts that interest you
– Graphic Designing
– playing an instrument
– DIY projects
– Sewing (until I was married, my most favourite clothes were stitched by my mother)
– dress designing
– accessory designing
– card making
– candle making
– soap making (this hobby is pursued by my mother in law who is over 53 years. After I started to use the soaps handmade by her, I haven’t thought of going back to the one’s sold in the market)
– crossword puzzles
– board games
– learning a new language
– home decor
– working out
– swimming or learning to swim
– learning a sport
– joining a library
– attending workshops
– organising book parties or any kind of parties
– board games
– team sport
– acting or learning to act ( you may or may not become a professional actor, but for those who like it, acting can be quite a hobby)
– ballroom dancing ( it’s one of those things that tops my list of things I want to learn)
– public speaking
Belly dancing, scribbling, food tasting, or fishing. Basically doing what makes your soul happy.
I am elated to share that I, along with 30 other bloggers, am celebrating Woman’s Day in a unique way by pour our hearts out and thoughts out theough a special blog train #Unapologeticgirlz. I thank Sinduja who writes at MyTinyTigger for introducing me.
I also take the opportunity to introduce Monika who shares her stories at alubhujia.com
Do check out their posts on the prompt for the day Self-love.