As a stay at home mother, I always feel like I want to invest in myself and keep my knowledge expanded. I always feel like I have to work on myself more than before so I won’t feel mentally blocked. I want to always feel updated and informative. After having my daughter I felt that I was starting to lose control, I wasn’t happy and I wasn’t the calm mother I always wanted to be. I was frustrated and bored most of the times. So I decided engage in somekind of activity. I started to look online for something new to learn. As if I wanted to remind myself of how it felt being a student again. I made an account on Coursera (www.cousera.com) and I started to enroll in the courses provided. After finishing the first course, I was so content. This gave me a feeling of discipline and having a goal to achieve. I felt sane, calm and happy. So I decided that from now on, I will always have something to do for myself.
These are some of the examples of the ways I follow to invest in myself:
- Workout: I managed to make for myself some time everyday to workout. This made me feel better both mentally and physically. It is only for 7 minutes a day, so it wasn’t that hard to be committed. Here is my workout routine details if you are interested to know My Workout Routine
- Look for my Passion: I used to always love drawing when I was a kid, I remember that I had one wall of my room totally covered with my drawings. So my husband suggested that I start drawing one more time and try to work more on my drawing skills. I do not draw everyday, but whenever I feel like I want to escape, I get a piece of paper and start drawing. The thing that I draw the most is Mandala and this helps me a lot with relieving all the stress I feel.
- Read: I totally believe in ” Keep learning as long as you are living”. I always seek new things to learn. Reading is the most convenient source of learning. I am always keen to read about something new everyday. I do not have to read from a book. I could read from an article or a blog about a topic I am interested in.
- Start Online Classes: As I have mentioned before, I used to learn new things from Coursera. This was so easy for me because the classes were for 15 minutes maximum. So I used to attend my class before going to sleep everyday. I remember the first course was about how to make healthy food for your baby.
I do not have to do all of these things everyday. But I am keen to have my own time everyday. Either in the early morning before my son is awake or late at night when everyone is asleep. This helped me a lot with keeping me sane. The more I invest in myself, the more I feel like I want to give to my family and also setting a good example for my kids to follow. Investing in myself is a way of self love, and You cannot give others the love they need from you unless you love yourself first. As always said ” Happy Wife, Happy life” .