I remember seeing influencers and mentors going through a phase of extreme success. Meaning, everything seemed to be going in their favor. A season came when they were just in a momentum of recognition. They were featured in every conference, podcast and magazine. To be honest, I got in my feelings and wished I was in their shoes. I wanted to have that feeling of being sought out and recognized for the work I do.
In commemoration of World Mental Health Day which was on 10th October, 2020, I wanted to share some perspectives with you on this very important topic.
Your mental health is an amazing part of what makes you as a person. Personal development is a way of life that affects your mind, actions, and how you treat others around you. It plays a vital role in your overall well being and the relationships around you. Oftentimes, as mompreneurs, we get so caught up in the physical aspects of what’s on the outside and forget to take care of the inside. Exercising our brain consciously and subconsciously is an important factor when improving your life and creating a healthy state of mind as you age.
When a mom is depressed,stressed, tired and frustrated, it affects everything she does as well as the people closest to her. I remember someone telling me in a depressed state, that she couldn’t even watch television because she didn’t want to watch the living. When I feel down, I often think of that comment and it reminds me of a place I don’t ever want to be. Isolating yourself from others could turn into something very dangerous and unfortunately help will only start with one person. YOU! Although there is a laundry list of books and professional help out there, this article gives you a jump start to get you slightly motivated to move forward. Moving an inch is greater than lying still.
Studies indicate that the most common reason for depression is the lack of interests and activities. When improving your personal life, interests and activities are vital in mental health, self esteem and happiness. Motivation can help you overcome trying something new or remembering exactly what makes you happy. Asking friends and family to help motivate me is a tool that I use when I’m in the need of a little push. Reward yourself when accomplishing tasks. Celebrating your wins helps you to feel better about yourself and your ability to do great things.
Laughter does a great deal for our mind and body. Developing interests, activities, friendships and learning how to cope with the emotional pain will conquer your personal problems and further solve your thinking habits. Doing this will get you on the road of happiness and success, as long as you put forth the effort.
Here are a few techniques that helped me prepare myself mentally for success.
There are brain exercises designed to give our mental faculties the boost they need. These activities and exercises are good for everyone who seeks mental clarity.
Many researchers and professionals hold on to the numerous studies showing that the brain really needs exercise just like the body does. Studies have shown that people who have tried to perform brain exercises regularly have improved memory as well as focus. With simple brain exercises the functioning of both hemispheres of the brain are made better; your brain becomes healthier.
Here are two exercises:
Cross crawls is a type of exercise that is based on the principle that our nervous system works homolaterally. This means that the left portion of our brain controls the movement of the right portion of our body, and so on for the other half. The principles of kinesiology are also applied in this exercise wherein rhythmic movements are suggested so that the brain’s lateralization can be improved further. You can do this simply by touching your right hand or elbow to your left knee, and vice versa.
This exercise integrates the different functions and tasks of the brain. This exercise is good for strengthening your immune system’s responses.
Another exercise which can benefit both the left and right hemispheres of the brain is the “lazy eights.” This is done by drawing the number “8” on a piece of paper using your right hand for two minutes. After the right hand, you may proceed to draw the same sign using your left hand. This can be done as often as you wish. It promotes concentration, and your hand-and-eye coordination will improve. You will also feel a reduction in stress and an enhancement of your mood.
With the “Rhythmic Eights” modification, you can create an imaginary eight in the air with your hands. This should be sufficient to coordinate the two sides of your brain as well.
By varying your brain work out, you are also able to exercise as many parts of your brain as possible and improve your mental health.
I hope these tips were helpful. Let me know in the comments what strategies are working best for you as you work from home.
P.S: Did you hear that I am creating an amazing tool to help us Mompreneurs increase our productivity at home AND at work? It’s called The Ultimate Mompreneur Planner. Stay tuned to our IG page for updates and to find out how you can get on the waitlist for this amazing product.
The global pandemic has shifted the way we view working from home. If you have a day job, there are now more benefits for both you and the company you work for. By working from home, you can cut down on commuting time and distractions and get more accomplished in the comfort of your own home. But there are some important measures you will have to put in place. If you are a mompreneur who already works from home, you would already be aware of some of those measures that help to boost your productivity.
How I Structured Distance Learning For 4 Children (While Going To School Myself) Without A Mental Breakdown
For the past few months, parents have been doing distance learning because of the COVID 19 pandemic. Schools were closed abruptly in March 2020 and classes around the world gradually made the move towards distance learning from August 2020.
If you speak to anyone who has a business with their spouse, they would tell you it is not for the weak. I have been in business with my husband for over 13 years. There were many times I wanted to throw in the towel. Differences in opinions and ideas caused many arguments. We had to learn how to work together. It took many, many years, but we are at a much better place today.
For many years, I started off my day by reviewing my To-Do list that I wrote the night before. There would be at least 10 – 15 items that I would complete within the 15 hours I am awake. AND would do them all while being a mom of 4 children (who are now all homeschooled), wife, student, entrepreneur, not to mention holding down my day job!
Here is the BTS of how I recently updated my home office.
Me: “Oh my gosh! This place is so messy!”
Proceeds to pick up toys, fix cushions, wash dishes, sweep and mop floors, febreze couches, make beds, clean bathroom, put clothes in baskets………..drops into my bed!
Me: “I’m so tired! You all don’t do anything to help me!”
Sound familiar? I’m sure it does!
With all that’s going on in the world today, things may seem quite challenging in a lot of areas! This week, I share on how we can make these challenges an opportunity.
Do you struggle with the confidence to show up in person or online for your business? Here are a few ways you can overcome the excuses and show up as a powerful and confident business owner and leader. ❤️