why a new year doesn’t have to mean a new you
With January here, there can be a lot of pressure to completely transform yourself – whether that be through eating, exercising, or taking up a new hobby, but remember – you’re already enough! This new year, instead of starting 2023 with a list of things you can do to be a better mum, wife or friend, try focusing on your wonderful qualities and the simple pleasures that bring you joy.
You overcame so much last year, from navigating our unpredictable financial climate to riding the ups and downs of parenthood – you’ve done an amazing job. And, whilst a new year doesn’t necessarily mean the burdens of life disappear, take comfort in the knowledge that you will continue to grow as a loving parent who can handle whatever life throws at them. So, read our top tips below on how you can give yourself a pat on the back and enter the new year as the original, brilliant you.
It’s so important to treat yourself with kindness at this time of year when pressures and emotions can be high. A good rule of thumb is to treat yourself as you would a friend. Allow yourself to make mistakes – you’re only human! – and instead of being hard on yourself, speak to yourself with empathy, which will help you learn and grow.
Why not try writing down three things you have achieved at the end of each day? This will allow you to see just how much you are achieving and will remind you of your strengths when you are feeling low on confidence.
Get lost in nature – or a good book!
Whilst a new year doesn’t need to mean a new you, just getting out for a family walk a couple of times a week can make the world of difference to your positive mindset. Brave the winter cold, wrap up warm and enjoy some time together outside – you’ll then have the perfect excuse to warm up with hot chocolate and marshmallows!
If this isn’t for you, set aside some time for reading with your little one each day. Reading together not only helps your little one’s brain to develop, but it gives you the opportunity to get lost in an adventure story whilst strengthening your special bond.
Extend your support circle
Friends and family can be invaluable on your parenthood journey, but why not try and connect with other new parents, just like you? Joining a local baby or toddler group, or a parent support group, will give you the chance to share experiences and find comfort in parents who are feeling the same way you are. Sharing experiences and support can really help when navigating your journey through parenthood, which is why so many parents love Bloom – it’s a safe space where a supportive network will always be there to welcome you.
Live in the moment
For many of us, January can be the hardest month of the year. With Christmas behind us and the weather still miserable outside, we need to remember to take some time to do the things we really enjoy to brighten our days. Instead of setting ourselves goals and putting pressure on ourselves, why don’t we focus on the moment? Ask yourself what would make you or your kids happy right here, right now. A bubble bath before bed? A cosy cuddle? Life is full of imperfectly perfect moments that we need to cherish, not improve upon.