5 Mantras For Happy, Productive Moms

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Let’s all be real here: after tough days with our little ones, we often wonder how we’re going to do it all over again the next morning without losing it. On those days, what we forget is that a lot of it has to do with our mindset: we have the power to make it a great day or a gloomy one.

Here are 5 easy mantras that you can try out the next time you wake up without your mojo. Who knows, that’s all it might take for you to exude positive energy all day! And as they say: our kids don’t follow our advice, they follow our example… so make it  contagious, positive, happy energy! 😉

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How many times a day do we question ourselves as moms? We all hate “moms who judge other moms” but really, we’re by far our worst critics. It’s important to realize that we’re the best moms for our kids, flaws included. We show up every day, provide them with everything they need, and would gladly, without blinking, shield them from a stray bullet. Let’s all be kind to ourselves and remember how amazing we are at what we do.

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As new moms, we tend to get overwhelmed quickly (especially during growth spurts!) It helps to take baby steps – it’s a lot more manageable to deal with 24 hours than with  the next 6 months.

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(We’ve got this.)

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I got this one from my husband who is great at not overthinking things (unlike his wife over here.) Instead of hating yourself over something you have no control over, learn to let go and move on, leaving the past where it belongs.

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It’s hard to remember this one during meltdowns, I know. Some days, we feel so frustrated that we tend to think there is no light at the end of the tunnel. This is true of bad days in general, even without kids. Motherhood taught me that storms are often short and quickly forgotten, leaving room for giggles and sweet hugs. Tomorrow is always a better day.

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I realized this tonight as I was picking up my son’s bath toys and mopping the bathroom floor: this is it, motherhood. What a blessing it is to have healthy little humans who splash around with  huge smiles on their faces, high-pitched laughs echoing through our homes. Even during the tough times, it’s important to realize how lucky we are to have our little miracles.

Just like that, they turned us into moms and changed our lives forever.

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Johanna Riehm teaches in the department of Communication and Media at Manhattanville College and in the department of English at Mercy College. She teaches courses in the history of communication, public speaking, and social media, as well as creative and technical writing workshops. Johanna’s work has been featured in Graffiti Literary Magazine, The Write Place at the Write Time, The Bangalore Review, Cactus Heart Press, and the LaMothe Review. She is working on her first longer work, a creative nonfiction novel called We Carved Our Names in Tamarind Trees.

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