I am an introverted mom and motherhood can be so hard sometimes when I’m not feeling very social and connected to the outside world. Here are things I do to help find my calm as an introverted parent.
Being an introvert doesn’t automatically mean that you can’t be a good parent. It just means that you are inclined towards spending time alone instead of going out to parties or events with lots of people.
In order to thrive as an introvert mom and not feel constantly overwhelmed, it is important to find your happy place by finding your calm and staying there.
Here are seven tips on how you can do exactly that.
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Create your own happy place
Most of us have an idea of what our happy place looks like, but have you ever really thought about where it actually is?
Your happy place could be in your backyard, your bed, a coffee shop, or even at the grocery store. It is important that you find your happy place and then create the right environment for it to thrive.
For example, if your happy place is your backyard, you may want to plant some tulips or roses to give yourself flowers even in the winter months. If your happy place is in your bed, you may want to create a sanctuary in there with soft blankets and a few books that you want to read.
Your happy place doesn’t have to be extravagant or even expensive, but it does need to be your own. By creating and then taking ownership of your own happy place, you are creating a space where you can truly be yourself and find your calm.
Take care of yourself
Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean that you are selfish or that your children don’t come first. Your children only have the best chance of thriving when you are also thriving.
It is important that you find time to take care of yourself and enjoy life. This doesn’t have to mean that you go on a vacation every week or go out to a fancy dinner every night. It can be as simple as getting a good book and reading it while sitting in a coffee shop or taking a bubble bath.
By taking care of yourself, you are setting a great example for your children of self-love and kindness towards others.
By taking care of yourself and not feeling guilty, you are creating a better environment for everyone, including you.
As an introvert, you may find yourself putting other people’s needs ahead of your own. This can happen in relationships with your partner and with your children. It is important that you set boundaries with your partner, children, and other loved ones so that you don’t feel like everything is on your shoulders.
For example, if you are in a relationship and your partner is someone who likes to go out a lot, you may want to take a few moments to think about how that makes you feel. You may feel overly exhausted after spending time out with your partner and then coming home and still having to care for your children.
In this case, you may want to talk with your partner about your needs and suggest other ways that they can spend time with you that is less tiring and more enjoyable for you.
Being an introvert doesn’t mean that you don’t care about others, but it just means that you will likely be better at caring for others when you have taken care of yourself first.
There are many ways that you can practice self-care. For example, you can create a self-care plan that includes both big and small things that you want to do for yourself each week. You can also create a self-love jar in which you write things that you love about yourself on pieces of paper and then add them to your jar each week.
Another great way to practice self-care is by making sure that you are taking breaks throughout the day. Make sure that you take breaks from interacting with your children or from doing activities that make you feel exhausted.
Be present and enjoy the moment
Being present means that you aren’t constantly thinking about what you need to do next or what happened in the past. Instead, you are in the here and now, enjoying the moment that you are in and not worrying about what you have to do next.
This can be challenging for many people, but it is important in order to fully enjoy the time that you have with your family. If you are constantly thinking of the next thing that you have to do, you may miss out on the time that you have with your family now.
There are many ways that you can be more present and enjoy the moment with your family. For example, try to be in the moment with your child while playing with them. Don’t be thinking of what you have to do next while playing; just be there with your child and enjoy the moment.
Ask for what you need
It is important that you are able to ask for what you need from your partner and from your children.
You may also need to ask for what you need from yourself. For example, if you need to take a break from playing with your children and have a few moments of silence, make sure that you ask for this by saying something like, “I need a few moments alone right now.”
If you need your children to do their chores without you having to constantly ask them to do them, let them know that you need them to do them on a certain day so that you don’t have to constantly remind them.
If you need help from your partner, make sure that you ask for it. Just because you are an introvert doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t ask for help or that you should try to do everything on your own.
Get outside help when you need it
There are times in which you may need outside help. This could be when you are feeling depressed or anxious, or it could be when you are feeling overwhelmed by your responsibilities.
In these times, it is important that you reach out to someone for help. You can talk with a friend, a family member, or a professional like a therapist or a doctor. Talking to someone can be a great way to process what you are feeling and find a way to start feeling better.
Being an introvert doesn’t mean that you can’t be a good parent. It just means that you will likely need to find your calm and your happy place in order to thrive.
Once you have found your happy place, you can let your calm help you to be present with your family and enjoy the moments that you have with them. It can be challenging to be an introvert and a parent, but it can also be very rewarding too.
Follow these tips to find your calm and thrive as an introvert parent.
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