Mama, this is the last podcast of April. So we are wrapping up our month of being intentional. And I am so excited for May because it is mental health awareness month. And the first week of May, is actually anxiety and depression Awareness Week that is nationally recognized and May, Mother’s Day. So all of those combined, we’re going to be talking a lot about mom anxiety, where it comes from, how it affects you, and how you can use it to your advantage as well because you can! And to wrap up April and being intentional, Mama’s Daily Dose is.. how to use your phone to be a more joyful, Mama. Let’s get moving before we get interrupted.
How can you use your phone to be more intentional and more joyful? Set alarms. I don’t know about you, but I have so many alarms and alerts on my phone because I will forget everything. As a mom, there is just so many things going on so many decisions to make so many things going on in that brain that I constantly forget things. My four year old always asks me, “Mommy, why did you forget this?” Or I asked him to remind me so he’ll say, “Why do you need a reminder?” Because there are so many things going on in my mind!
So a lot of times, we need those little reminders. And as we talked about yesterday, you can use those transitions as reminders, but a great way to do it that you’re not going to forget, set alarms in your phone. Whatever you want to feel, set that alarm, I have an alarm that goes off in my phone three times a day that says bring the joy. It’s just a reminder to me that it is up to me. If I want to be joyful, I can… if I don’t want to. I don’t have to either. There have been times where we’re in the middle of a tantrum. Maybe both my kids are throwing a tantrum. And then my alarm goes off. And it just says bring the joy. And I’m like, okay, all right, this is up to me, I can take personal responsibility for it. I have that internal locus of control, I can bring the joy. I also have one in there that says “what am I capable of?” they can be whatever you want. Just set those alarms and get that daily notification. That daily reminder of how you want to feel.
Mama, your action today is as soon as this is over. Take out your phone because I know you’re using your phone to listen to this and set an alarm for how you want to feel. You asked yourself this morning, “how do I want to feel and how do I want to make others feel?” Pick a time, put that in the alarm in your phone and it will go off and you will get that reminder, that automatic reminder. You are juggling lots and it can be difficult to remind ourselves in all of these transitions throughout the day. So make it easier on yourself. Utilize that phone that you already use, to help you be intentional.
I will see you next month for mom anxiety month where we talk everything mom anxiety. So if you have some anxiety as a mom, if you know someone else that does, be sure to subscribe to this podcast and share with your mama friends. Because you know what? We all need to feel connected. We’re all going through this journey together, feeling that connection, knowing that you’re not alone, and knowing that there are ways that you can help yourself too! And have a great day free of mama guilt because you deserve it.
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Meghan Q Barrett is Mom Success Coach who helps mamas figure their sh*t out so they can create a life they love as “mom” AND an individual without the mom guilt.
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