Before I share some simple ways on how moms can increase personal growth. I want to know, what does personal growth mean to you?
When I think of personal growth, it is always about improving myself. How I can be better for myself, for my family, and what I can do for society. It can be as small as being more loving and kind to the people around me, or as big as (or beyond) doing charitable work or building a school for example. It is definitely an ongoing process, and one with the desire to always wanting to improve and make better changes.
Now that you're a mom, when was the last time you did something for yourself? The thing about motherhood is that it has the tendency to make us put our children's (and husband's) needs before our own. It probably comes with our maternal instinct to just want to nurture everyone around us, so much so that we forget to take care of ourselves.
So here is a little something for you to dramatically increase your personal growth from the comfort of your own home.
1. Find some Me time.
You won't be able to grow if you don't spend a little bit of time for yourself and indulge in your own interests. What are some self-care experiences that you miss most? Anything that brings you peace and joy is always on the table. It can be as simple as taking a nice long bath or even head to the gym for a quick workout.
2. Tell yourself you're doing a good job, and always keep a positive mind.
You can do this by writing self-affirmation notes to yourself, something motivating and encouraging. You can’t possibly achieve your goals in a healthy way without positive thinking. Affirmations are a wonderful way to empower ourselves which could help you get through your busy schedules with ease. You can either write little encouragement notes or set reminders on your phone. Repeating your affirmations will help you develop a more positive mindset, something that can be of use to all of us moms on a daily basis. Surrounding yourself with positive energy is absolutely everything, there's no love like self-love!
3. Set a goal for yourself and make time to achieve it.
Growing is all about meeting goals and achieving dreams. What Tim had encouraged me to do was build a vision board and list out all the things that I want to have (and achieve) in my life, and the changes I would like to make moving forward. It helps me picture my dream and represent my goals in a manageable way.
4. Take a step back and reflect.
Self-reflection is an important tool for personal growth. Speaking from my own experience and mistakes, it's only when I started to be truly honest with myself that I start seeing with surrounding in a more positive light. If you aren't truly honest with yourself about how things are, and how you are managing yourself, you won't be able to do yourself any favours. So take a step back and reflect on what's most important to you. This way you can see whether or not you are living up to the values you wish to uphold.
5. Notice your bad habits.
Look at your everyday routine with an unbiased mind and notice the bad habits that you have been doing. You can then slowly start making the necessary changes and have better days ahead!
We are responsible for our own happiness and for our own personal growth. You have to meet your own basic needs in mind body and soul, and nurture yourself first so you can continue to nurture others.