A happier and healthier mom – is that who you want to be? Being a mom is no walk in the park. We love our kids so much but parenting can leave us exhausted. In my years of motherhood I have learned that to have a happy family I need to take some time to take care of myself. These 6 habits are perfect for you.
1.Go for walks
This includes walks with the kids and even walks alone. Just being outdoors can be so energizing and revitalizing. I love to take walks and just be alone with my thoughts and some awesome music. You can incorporate these walks into your fitness plan as well. Some days I put the boys in their strollers and take them for a stroll too.
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2.Advocate for yourself
I am great about taking care of everyone’s needs…but my own! Too many times am I feeling overwhelmed and when I find myself in tears I am asked why I did not say anything sooner. Learning when you need to ask for a break and actually asking for one can make such a huge difference. We need to stay healthy both physically, mentally, and emotionally to be able to care for our families. Don’t be afraid or nervous to ask for a break, even 20 minutes away can make a huge difference in your sanity.
Ever since we moved we have a rule “Get something new, toss something old”. This goes for toys for the kids, our own closets, and just miscellaneous things we pick up. It’s a great rule that keeps us 1. from buying things we don’t need and 2. getting lost in the piles of stuff we can quickly accumulate. Living clutter free seems to free up my mind and hello-less for me to clean!
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4.Spend time with adults
Being a SAHM/WAHM has meant a lot less adult time! Lia is the person I talk to all day! We have recently incorporated a monthly outing with friends. Whether it mean a night out together or with our friends we need to interact with adults. I need to!
5.Say NO more often
I am a yes person. I am guilty of always volunteering for things I should be saying no too. Some times I feel bad saying no and others I feel obligated to say Yes. Learning to say no is something I have slowly started to learn. The way I started was by talking to my husband about activities or events before I said “ME!” I have learned that setting these boundaries is crucial to my mental health. I definitely felt happier and healthier after I started to say no.
With a 4 kids there is something happening ALWAYS! It can be overwhelming. Learning to just take a deep breath and accept life for what it is-messy & sporadic & wild, is the best way to stay sane. I now start my days with some meditation and prayer to help myself cope with my thoughts
There are a lot of always changes happening around and remembering to take care of myself has always been a struggle. I’ve quickly learned that in order to function I have to make some life changes to encourage happiness and productivity. We all deserve to he happier and healthier moms- don’t forget that!