Personal growth is an important aspect of motherhood that is sometimes overlooked. As moms, we are often so busy helping everyone else grow that we forget about our own growth. We forget that we are always growing and changing with each passing moment.
I recently talked about self care for moms and why it’s so important. Personal growth is an important part of self care. I feel that it’s especially important for moms since we often forget who we are during those early years.
Personal growth is important and yet it’s often pushed aside because it seems overwhelming and slightly out of reach. It doesn’t have to be this way though. Today, I’m going to share a few simple ways that you can fit personal development into your routine so that you can continue to grow in ways that will benefit you for years to come.
Pick one thing to focus on.
The first big tip is to pick one thing to focus on. There are so many different things you could focus on. In fact, I could fill another blog post with the many topics of personal development. But for now, pick one thing you’d like to change or improve and focus on that one thing.
Decide how you learn best.
We live in a world where information can be consumed in a variety of formats. This can be so helpful when you’re trying to fit personal development into your busy schedule. Books and blog posts are great for those of us that are avid readers. If you find that listening to audio is more your thing, then you might enjoy audiobooks or podcasts as your method of learning. As for the visual learners among us, there are videos out there on almost any topic.
Find fifteen minutes in your day.
I say fifteen minutes but it could really be any length of time. I picked fifteen because it’s a short period of time that can really pack a punch. If you don’t feel like you have fifteen minutes, then look at where you can double up on things. Can you listen to a podcast while you do your hair or watch a video while you do the dishes? When can you fit a little learning into your routine? My kids often nap in the car and I use that time to listen to podcasts as I drive.
Make it a priority.
This is probably the tip that will be the most challenging. From my experience, moms often put themselves last on the list. If you’re going to grow and change, then you need to put yourself first for once. Carve out that space in the day and make it a priority. Decide that it’s going to get done even if there’s a load of laundry left for the next day.
Communicate with others.
This tip will help you with the previous one. Communicate your goals with your spouse or kids (if they’re old enough to understand). Let your family know that Mama needs a little bit of “me time” during the day so that she can be a better person and mom. If you add a chunk of time into your day and let others know that it’s important, then you’re more likely to make it a priority.
It may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but I’m sure you’ll find that you come to enjoy your learning time. I was never big on personal development books before becoming a mom. Now, I find myself searching for these sorts of books because they motivate me to be a slightly better person which leads to a happier mom life. And – if Mama is happy, then everyone else seems to be in a better mood as well.
While we’re on the topic of personal growth, have you found any great resources to recommend? I’m always looking for new books to add to my list!
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