At my baby shower my friends bought a wish jar and asked everyone to write a wish for my baby and I. There were lots of wishes of health and happiness, but it is this wish that stood out the most to me and the one which really struck a chord:
‘I wish that you remember who you are + give yourself time to be you! Keep happy beautiful’
I keep this wish as a reminder to look after myself. We mums must not forget the importance of our own physical and mental health.
We’re often so busy looking after everyone else – taking care of children, keeping the household running, keeping on top of our careers, being sure to keep in touch with family and friends so as not to upset anyone – that we forget to take care of ourselves or neglect to make time to do the things we enjoy.
We must put our own oxygen mask on first. If we don’t, sooner or later everyone else will go down with us.