Updated: Aug 12, 2019
Many of us overlook these 4 triggers, leaving us vulnerable to unwarranted emotional outbursts, because we’re too busy putting everyone else’s needs in front of our own.
How many of us lose our patience with our children or spouse because we haven’t eaten in hours? Or depression and overwhelm start to creep in because we feel alone. The truth is our bodies have limitations, especially during pregnancy and postpartum, and that is 100% okay and completely normal. As moms, we have to listen to our limitations and those internal cues in order to best care for ourselves and our loved ones.
Today, instead of just ignoring how you’re feeling, why don’t you take a minute to reflect on how best to honor your limitations.
Personally, I find it super challenging to admit that I have limitations. I'd prefer to ignore them and pretend that I'm a superhero (since I get a lot of practice playing superheroes with my oldest son). It's a hangup I'm aware of, and I'm working on it! But, it is so powerful to pause my brain, take charge of my thoughts, and decide how I want to filter input. I know now not to give space to every emotion or thought that comes my way. Instead, when I'm hit by a wave of sadness, I've learned to pause and take an account of my body (the fancy people call it self-awareness...) and when I acknowledge that I'm tired from not sleeping well the night before, I simply let the feeling pass on by me.
I've heard it said that "Emotions are like kids. You can't stuff 'em in the trunk, but don't let them drive your car." Isn't that so true. Being aware of our needs and prioritizing those first can save us a world of unnecessary trouble!!
Learn more about making space for your needs in the upcoming Thriving on Purpose Workshop: Living a Life You Love!