Table of Contents
- Sunday positive affirmations for moms: Your life is blessed
- Monday affirmations for working moms: Forget mom guilt
- Mom affirmations for Tuesday: Empower yourself
- Wednesday motherhood affirmations: You are who your baby needs
- Positive affirmations for moms every Thursday: Destress
- Friday’s positive affirmations for new moms: Your village is waiting
- Saturday’s affirmations for moms: You are worthy of love
Affirmations for moms are like superhero capes. When you recite them daily and believe what you’re reading, they become like mental sidekicks. After a while, these mom affirmations can make you feel like you can do anything, much like how Superman’s cape can carry him even to outer space.
But for that to happen, you need to do these motherhood affirmations daily, and with complete openness.
Here’s a proposition for you. We prepared a weekly affirmation challenge for you because we know that mothers need all the help they can get.
For each day of the week, you will say 10 positive affirmations for moms. Recite them with fervor as you look at yourself in the mirror. This will be like you putting on your mommy superhero cape for the day. Then say the affirmations again throughout the day, whenever you feel you need support.
Now, here’s our challenge for you: Do this positivity exercise every day for at least two months. (After that, you’ll have established a habit and you’d be doing it automatically from then on.)
To track your progress, journal your experience. The day before you start this challenge, write down how you feel and how you want to feel. Every day after that, write how these affirmations are affecting your thoughts, feelings, and actions. Hopefully, by the end of two months, you’ll see a marked difference in your perspective.
So are you up for it, mom? Do it for yourself and for your family. We know how stressed you’ve been. Let this be your self-care act for the next two months.
Now let us hear you say, “Challenge accepted!”
Sunday positive affirmations for moms: Your life is blessed
In her article published in Grateful Living, Anne Dunlea, a developmental scientist, calls gratitude an “antidote to oblivion.” It opens our eyes to the various gifts—material and otherwise, big and small—that are thrown our way every day.
You might argue, especially if you’re a new mom, that it’s a little difficult to watch out for the universe’s presents when you’re drowning in dirty diapers and clingy toddlers.
You have a point. But let me be the devil’s advocate here. Dirty diapers mean your baby’s digestive system is working as it should be. Clingy toddlers mean you have little humans at home who consider you their whole world. These are reasons to be grateful for in the midst of all the chaos.
Numerous studies, like this one published in The Journal of Positive Psychology, even say that expressing gratitude every day has proven health benefits. It can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease, ease depression and anxiety, improve sleep, and relieve stress.
Also, being grateful, when done daily, can change perspectives permanently. At the beginning of your gratitude practice, it may seem contrived, especially if you’re not used to looking at the bright side.
But once you train your mind to look at the night as a tapestry of our solar system rather than a sea of darkness that envelopes us, then you’re on the right track.
Being a mother, it’s easy to find mountains of things to be grateful for; for instance, your baby’s smell after a bath, your baby’s smile, your baby. So begin your week by saying, “Thank you.” It’s good for you.
Your first-day-of-the-week challenge:
- I’m grateful for these five things. (Come up with five different items every week.)
- My baby is healthy, thriving, and happy. I can’t ask for anything more.
- I am a blessing to my baby and the rest of my family.
- Spending time with my family every day is the greatest thing ever.
- It’s such a blessing to be able to do everything that I do.
- I look at everything with awe.
- My life today is what I dreamed of a year ago.
- Every day, I get the privilege of learning from my mistakes.
- Today, I appreciate myself and everyone around me.
- When I look in the mirror, I want to thank the woman looking back at me for all that she is.
Monday affirmations for working moms: Forget mom guilt
Bad Moms, a 2016 film starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn, illustrates, rather dramatically, the impossible expectations society places on mothers.
Amy (Kunis) is an overworked, unappreciated sales employee who has to juggle work with running her household, raising two kids, dealing with a cheating husband, and keeping up with the unrealistic demands of her kids’ school’s PTA. The clincher is when she brings store-bought donut holes to the school’s gluten-free, sugar-free, soy-free, nut-free bake sale. How dare she, right?
It isn’t a mother’s fault that she thinks she has to constantly do everything, and do it perfectly. Society has ingrained this unhealthy idea into our heads, and it isn’t helping anyone.
You should feel no guilt wanting some time for yourself regularly. There’s nothing wrong with leaving your kids with a babysitter or at a daycare so you can go out and work. It’s perfectly fine if your toddler gets dirty while playing outdoors (in fact, they should). Your child will be okay if sometimes, you lose your temper (just remember to resolve it with your kid when you’re calm, okay?). It’s not embarrassing to admit that you are stressed; in fact, it’s necessary and empowering.
An article written by Sheryl G. Ziegler for the Harvard Business Review suggests a few things you can do to help you move on from mom guilt: be kind to yourself, align your activities with your values, recognize when you need help then ask for it, be okay with being a “good enough” parent, and ignore those who drag you down.
All these were what Amy and her friends in Bad Moms did, emboldened by some jello shots from Martha Stewart, when they finally decided to stop feeling guilty about not being Stepford Moms.
We are real moms. We are imperfect. And that’s absolutely fine.
Begin your work week by reciting the following 10 affirmations for moms. Do it throughout the day to put your head and heart in the right place.
Working moms’ Monday affirmation challenge:
- Beyond being a mother, I have skills that I can practice.
- I’m grateful that I can use my talents to earn a living despite having a baby to care for.
- I am a good mom because I take care of myself.
- Perfection is a myth.
- By working hard for our future, I am being a good example to my kids.
- This is me giving myself permission to let go of all the guilt I feel.
- I am a working mother. I am awesome.
- My children need me to be the best version of myself. And that, I am.
- I breathe in all the positivity and breathe out all the stress.
- My family loves me for who I am.
Mom affirmations for Tuesday: Empower yourself
If you’re a sports buff, you would know that before every game in a team sport, the whole team gathers in a huddle, stacks their hands in the middle, and shouts their team cheer. This gesture motivates them to go out and win the game (or at least to do their best).
As a mother— tending to babies, cleaning up toddlers, or negotiating with teenagers—the cheer, inevitably, will come from you and you alone. Oh, you can occasionally stack hands with your partner or your babysitter and scream, “I can do this.” But they won’t always be around whenever you need a cheer pick-me-upper.
So you have to teach yourself to be your own cheerleader.
It’ll be easy if you think about that major event that made you a mother in the first place: you birthed a human. You carried and nurtured a fetus in your womb for nine or so months at great personal peril. According to a state-by-state analysis of maternal deaths in the U.S., the rate of death among pregnant women rose “from 12.7 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1999 to 32.2 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2019.” You survived the odds!
This alone gives you the right to walk the streets like the queen that you are. Hold your head up high, mom. You are badass.
Spend some moments of your Tuesday fulfilling your affirmations-for-moms challenge. Recite the following statements as often as you need to throughout the day. Feel your heart burst with pride for yourself.
Tuesday’s mom affirmations:
- I am a queen and no one can say otherwise.
- Today, I claim my spot in the sun.
- The world is held up by mothers. I am one of them.
- I am strong, confident, and fierce.
- Yes, I got this.
- Becoming a mother has made me braver and more resilient.
- There is nothing you can say that will make me not believe in myself.
- I am in the zone—the motherhood zone. You can’t take me down.
- My children look up to me, and that makes me feel extra capable.
- The mistakes I make are merely stepping stones to becoming better.
Wednesday motherhood affirmations: You are who your baby needs
In a German spy novel, an author describes a scene where orphan newborns are crying in a nursery. The hospital is understaffed so no one comes to comfort the babies, except for one nurse, who steps into the nurses’ station next to the nursery. She turns on the intercom and taps her finger on the microphone, imitating the rhythm of a heartbeat. One by one, the babies stop crying, comforted by the sound they spent nine months listening to: their mother’s heartbeat.
This may be a scene in a fictional novel, but science backs it up. A clinical trial published in the Journal of Neonatal Nursing found proof showing the power of the sound of a mother’s heartbeat on newborns.
The trial followed a group of 60 newborns in the intensive care unit. All the babies had to undergo various invasive procedures, which required the taking of blood samples. Ten minutes before their procedure, some of the neonates listened to the recording of a mother’s heartbeat. The recording continued through their procedure and stopped 10 minutes after their blood sample was taken.
The result? The newborns who listened to the heartbeat were found to have better respiratory activity, a slower heart rate, and lower pain levels compared to the babies who weren’t exposed to the sound.
You are the only one who can do what you do as your baby’s mother. Remember that, mom, especially during the hard days.
Every Wednesday, recite these 10 motherhood affirmations to remind yourself that your are enough for your baby.
Wednesday’s affirmation challenge for moms:
- I am who my baby needs.
- My baby knows me and responds to me.
- By loving my child as best as I know how, I am fulfilling my purpose as a mother.
- I am enough.
- Our house rules apply to no one else but to us. I shake off the judgment of others.
- I can trust my instincts as a mom.
- My baby and I are learning as we go.
- Every day, I realize that I am a good mother.
- My child doesn’t need me to be perfect.
- I know my child best.
Positive affirmations for moms every Thursday: Destress
Extreme stress is a game changer for everyone, especially moms. In fact, research shows that if a mother is regularly exposed to severe stress, it changes the neural circuits that regulate her reactions to stress. It also dampens her maternal motivation.
It’s a Catch-22 situation—mothers need to have less stress in their lives, but the main reason for their stress is motherhood.
What do we do, then?
We give ourselves tools to deal with all the stress. Have you tried yoga yet? It’s a great stress reliever because it makes you focus on the present moment. You need complete concentration so that you can correctly go through the various poses and do the breathing exercises. So as you strengthen your mind and body, you leave no room for anxious, stress-inducing thoughts.
Another stress-busting tool is a power nap. This form of “child punishment” is actually an adult lifesaver. When we take naps, our brain takes the opportunity to process emotions. So that when you wake from your 15-minute picker-upper, you feel refreshed.
Taking a nap if you have a baby around is tricky, though. Have you tried the oft-suggested sleep-when-your-baby-sleeps strategy? How about asking your partner to take over parenting for 20 minutes while you take a stress-relieving nap?
If yoga and naps aren’t your style, pack up your baby in a carrier and go for a walk. It would be great if you could do it among trees, as nature has a way of restoring your mood and easing stress. Sunlight—chock full of vitamin D—is a great anti-stress weapon, too.
Now, as you try these different stress-busters, recite the following affirmations. This Thursday, your assignment is to let go of stress.
Affirmations for moms on Thursdays:
- Today, I will let go of the things I can’t control.
- I will focus only on what matters.
- When things get overwhelming, I will give myself time and space to just breathe.
- I set the pace of my life; no one can rush me.
- Rest is not for the weak; it’s for the wise.
- So what if can’t finish today’s to-do list? I can try again tomorrow.
- I prioritize myself and my family over fulfilling others’ expectations of me.
- Instead of going against impenetrable forces, I will go with the flow.
- Solutions to problems are within my reach.
- This, too, shall pass.
Friday’s positive affirmations for new moms: Your village is waiting
Mothers were never meant to do it all by themselves. But that’s not what I thought when I had just given birth to my eldest. I remember saying to myself, “I’m a mother now, I should know how to do all this. I don’t need help.”
How wrong was I? A mother is not just one person; she’s a village. Or at least, she’s supposed to be.
And Dr. Angelica Glover, an OB gynecologist, agrees. In an article she wrote for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Glover says, “The postpartum period is a time of tremendous change, responsibility, and healing. The care you receive after giving birth is just as important as your prenatal care.”
Enter your village. In western societies, including the U.S., parents usually call on professionals to help them with childcare. Elsewhere, however, especially in lower-income countries, “villages” come in the form of relatives, friends, and neighbors who live close by. Support can also come via the Internet: calls to relatives living across the country or even in another continent, parenting chat groups, or websites like this one that are filled with parenting advice.
The trick, mom, is to summon your village; otherwise, they might not come, leading you to suffer burnout. As a new mother, you are expected to ask for help. All you need to do is make the call.
Recite these affirmations for new moms as often as you can throughout Friday. These will remind you that you are never alone.
Your positive affirmation challenge for Friday:
- Accepting the help of others makes me confident in my abilities; it does not make me weak.
- I am surrounded by people who love me and my baby.
- In my head is a clear list of the things I need; and I can ask for them without guilt.
- I am grateful that I have a village I can count on.
- Help is welcome, but I can refuse it if it makes me uncomfortable.
- I am doing a great job as a new mom.
- If I need it, kind help will always come.
- I’m learning so much from all the support around me.
- Today, I accept that I don’t know everything about motherhood, and that is okay.
- Asking for help makes me a better mom.
Saturday’s affirmations for moms: You are worthy of love
Are you one of those few who pay attention to the flight safety demonstrations given by flight attendants before the plane takes off? If you are, then you’d know that they give specific instructions about using the oxygen mask. In case of emergencies, they say, put the mask on yourself before putting it on your child. Because you can’t take care of your child if you’ve already lost consciousness.
It’s the same with motherhood. How can you love your baby unconditionally if you don’t love yourself the same way? New moms are inundated with unsolicited advice. Unfortunately, most of these “nuggets of wisdom” are not relevant to the mother in question. However, there is one piece of advice that applies to every mother, whether she’s been a mother for an hour or for 50 years: Be loving to yourself.
Every Saturday, your challenge is to say the following affirmations as confidently as you can to yourself. Understand what they are saying, and believe them. Because regardless of whatever you are going through as a mother, you do deserve to be loved.
Your Saturday affirmation challenge:
- It’s Day 1 (or 10…20…and on and on) of loving myself more.
- I am worthy of all the love in the world.
- What do I deserve? Happiness.
- Today, I celebrate myself as a mother and as a woman.
- There is nothing I need to prove as a mom.
- I don’t have to do anything to be loved.
- If I have changed, I’ve changed for the better.
- I am grateful for all the love I get from my baby.
- For myself and my children, I will strive to be happy and content.
- I love me.
Affirmations for moms make you feel good, don’t they? They wrap ideas around your head until you feel powerful like a superhero. (That would be redundant, in my opinion, because all moms are already superheroes.) So how about it, mom? Are you ready to start this challenge? We’d love it if you drop us a message after your first week to let us know how it went. Good luck, superhero!
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