If you are a depressed stay at home mom like me, I have some goals to set so that we can get ourselves out of this rut and have a great year!
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Please know, I am not a therapist or any other type of mental health professional. I am just a stay at home mom who battles depression.
These goals are the goals I am setting for myself so that I can feel and be better this year!
Some would call them resolutions, but not me. I feel like using the word resolution adds to much pressure. But, setting goals for new year sounds just right to me.
I have decided that 2017 is going to be a great year! I am going to kick butt and take names this year. And in order to do that I need to start with myself and my mental health.
As a family we have some major goals we have set for this year, but the goals I am sharing today are more important to me. They are the goals that will allow me to be the happy and healthy mom my kids deserve.
So here they are, in no specific order!
Number 1: Drink More Water
This is pretty self explanatory. I have been working on this one, but I still need to be drinking more. When my body has the right amount of water that it needs, I always feel so much better. I found the water bottle pictured above on amazon and it is perfect for me! I like the color and how it has the ounces marked. It will help me keep track of how much water I am drinking! I will be ordering it next week, I have yet to find one in person for the price (ten dollars!!!!) I’ll update this post with my review. Click the picture if you want to order and try it!
Number 2: Exercise more
Firstly, I am trying to lose weight this year. But that is not the goal I am setting. I want to get into a good fitness routine, including a lot of yoga. When I am exercising on the regular my depression subsides by a landslide. Any professional will tell you the same thing, just saying.
Number 3: Start a Grateful Journal
So, the above journal isn’t specifically a grateful journal, but a favorite moment journal. My mom sent it to me (and my sisters) and I set a goal to write in it every single day. (I took that photo.) When you are battling depression it is so hard to find joy in the little things. If I take a little time every day to remember my favorite moment of the day, it will be a bit easier to enjoy those little things. And in turn, make me more grateful for those little things. I found these grateful journals on amazon, if you were looking to start one!
Number 4: Eat Better
Another self explanatory one. I feel like if I were taking better care of myself from the inside, I will feel a lot better on the outside. Plus I am starting that weight loss journey, so better food is a plus. My diet is not very good these days.
Number 5: Play Outside with the Kids More
The above picture was taken by me early spring 2016. This is right behind our house and leads us to the bike path along a river. It really is beautiful!
When I am feeling down, getting outside and feeling sun on my face is such a mood lifter. This goal is supposed to be for me and the kids. They need to be spending a lot more time outside and so do I. Plus everyone is happier when we get those few moments playing together.
Number 6: Talk to Your Doctor
If you are a self diagnosed depressed stay at home mom, this one is for you! I have been diagnosed by my doctor and a therapist, you can read more about it here. But I still set this goal for myself. I have not been taking the meds my doctor prescribed, because they made my stomach upset. But, I know I need something to help me get back on track, so I am making an appointment.
(Confession time: I haven’t been back to see my therapist since that first appointment and that is going to change. It’s apart of this goal. Make an appointment with my therapist!)
Number 7: Create a Better Sleep Schedule
Also known as: GET MORE SLEEP! Depression has a way of making you so damn tired all the time, yet its so hard to actually get to sleep at night. When I am getting the proper amount of sleep, my mind and body feel so much better. So this year I am starting a new nightly routine of some light stretching and no electronics or TV right before bed. Also, starting the whole trying to get to sleep thing way earlier. That way I am getting to sleep earlier and getting a full nights rest.
Number 8: Have More “Me Time”
For me, this is one of the most important goals for this new year. As a stay at home mom, there really isn’t a lot of time spent by myself. As a depressed stay at home mom, I find it hard to make the time. But, every time I take a little time for just myself I feel so much better! So this year I am setting a goal to carve out a little bit of time to spend taking care of me every day! Relaxing with a green tea mask on my face or taking a relaxing bath while the kids hang with dad. It will be just what the doctor ordered, literally.
Number 9: Try a New Hairstyle
So this one is more about making myself feel better on the outside. For me, that means changing my hair and learning new ways of doing my makeup. I just need a new look in order to match my new attitude. My appointment to cut my hair is on the 1st and I am so excited!
Well there ya have it! Those are my new years goals for making me a better mom, a better wife and a better me!
If you found any inspiration from these goals I would love to hear from you!
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I hope everyone brings in the new year with the ones who mean the most! I also hope the new year will bring you a lot of joy and happiness.
Happy New Year!!
What goals have you set for this new year? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to connect with you!
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