5 Ways to Improve How You See Yourself
Photo by Rachel Claire
Self esteem is how you perceive your personal value– it’s about how you feel about yourself! As mum’s this self image may be influenced by our feelings on our abilities, skills, and worth as caregivers to our kids. It’s crucial to better our own self-image so that we can parent with confidence while setting positive examples for our children.
Mums who think highly of themselves tend to be more confident and assertive in their parenting decisions! They trust their instincts and feel comfortable setting boundaries and limits for their children. This can also make us more resilient in the face of challenges and comparison because deep down we know what we’re worth and what we’re capable of!
So, if you’re struggling with positive self-image, here are 5 things that may improve how you see yourself:
1. Celebrate the little things
As a mum, it’s easy to focus on what you’re not doing well or what you’re not accomplishing. Instead, take a moment to acknowledge your efforts and celebrate the small victories. Did you manage to cook a healthy meal or did you find time to exercise today? Maybe you just survived the day– and that’s enough! Be intentional about celebrating these little wins and giving yourself credit for them.
2. Invest in a little makeover from time to time
A little self-care goes a long way in boosting your self-esteem. Take some time to pamper yourself, whether it’s getting a new haircut, trying out a new makeup look, or investing in a new outfit that makes you feel confident and comfortable. These small changes can make a huge difference in how you feel about yourself. Remember that you’re worth the effort!
3. Surround yourself with people who build you up
Surround yourself with people who support and encourage you, rather than those who constantly criticize or bring you down. Other mums who understand the challenges you face can offer a listening ear and a word of encouragement when you need it.
4. Do more of what makes you feel good
Make time for activities that make you feel happy and fulfilled, whether it’s taking a yoga class, reading a book, or spending time with friends! These activities not only provide a much-needed break from the stresses of motherhood but also help you reconnect with your passions and interests.
5. Turn off social media
Social media can be a double-edged sword when it comes to self-esteem. While it can be a source of inspiration and connection, it can also be a breeding ground for comparison and self-doubt. If you find that social media is negatively impacting your self-esteem, take a break from it. Instead, focus on connecting with your loved ones and pursuing activities that make you feel good.
The mental fight for positive self-esteem as a mum is a constant battle. Remember that building a positive self image is an ongoing process, and it takes time and effort to maintain it. So give yourself grace for the hard days when you aren’t feeling it and know that tomorrow is a new day to try again!