That’s a wrap for 2017! Now we get a break, right?! Good one!
A mama’s life is crazy. That’s a fact. Responsibility, multi-tasking, stress, and anxiety are some elements that easily encompass the daily life of every mom. It’s a thankless job that often can be overwhelming. So very worth it, but still hard.
We here at Detroit Moms Blog want to get 2018 off to a great start. We ALL know firsthand life is demanding and complicated and challenging. We also know it can be wonderful and rewarding and amazing. Although we all come from our own perspective and our stories are in different chapters, we as a group, have come to the conclusion that we must continue to be a positive force in your non-stop beautiful lives. It is one part of our mission.
Now that 2018 is in full-swing, for myself and for you, I’m thinking about how to approach the day, the month, or even the year (that reminds me of a certain theme song). My eyes always open in the morning with the best of intentions. But, oh my, how quickly it can change. Just ask my husband.
As the New Year begins and we are being pulled from here to there and back again I’d like to give you, the lovely and loyal readers of DMB, five suggestions on how to stay positive in 2018. I am no expert. I have no great psychology sources to cite for you today. I can only speak from my experience, and some of this you may even construe as common sense. But still, we can all benefit from heartfelt reminders.
These are the top 5 ways I believe will encourage you to lead a more positive life this coming year.
Take a break from social media. It’s always there waiting for us. I love it, but it can be a huge distraction and temptation from the good stuff in our own life. For so many reasons (no need to even explain them), there comes a point where you have to shut it down. Social media can suck life and time from you. Like ants at a picnic, we are curiously drawn to what will show up when our screens are refreshed. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always leave us with that warm fuzzy feeling. When you’ve reached the point where you’re ready to start twitching, do yourself a favor and just stop swiping.
Be Kind. You know what does leave you with the warm fuzzy feeling? Kindness. It seems like such a simple concept, but without fail, it feels good. In this world of head-down-chaos, simple acts go far. Make your day, or just a moment, mean something to someone. It doesn’t have to be groundbreaking. Pay it forward. Make that phone call. Offer to reach the top shelf. Say please, thank you, and have a good day. Go out of your way. Be thoughtful.
Search for something to be thankful for. You know that quote, “There is always something to be thankful for.” It’s true. You don’t have to be sitting down ready to eat turkey and mashed potatoes to count your blessings, as you know deep down they really are abundant. Your life could be a complete and utter disaster, but no matter how small, you can always find a diamond in the rough.
Get to your own idea of being organized. For me, this is an important one. I am not saying you need to get out the label maker or hire Molly Maid. But, in theory, your home should not add to the weight of the day. It’s your refuge; your safe place. It should be somewhere you want to settle in, rather than another place you dread. Allowing yourself to decompress in an inviting and comfortable space does wonder for your attitude, your mind, and your heart.
Surround yourself with those that build you up, and do the same for them. This is where common sense comes in. Life is too short. Seek out and embrace the people who nourish, rather than a cloud of toxins. You know who they are. Hold on to them. Appreciate them. Love them. Their instincts are to enhance your life, not break it down. With them in your corner, the idea of focusing on the good might be just a little easier. And of course, return the sentiment.
We desperately need more positivity in our lives. Should we invite it in, it is possible to choose joy, even when everything around us screams not to. Let’s combat this year together mamas and make this world shine a little brighter.
Do you have any thoughts, plans, or suggestions on how to stay positive in 2018?