Momming is hard. There’s no doubt about it. The constant juggle of responsibilities, the never-ending to-do lists, and the emotional rollercoaster that comes with parenting can leave even the strongest moms feeling drained and overwhelmed.
But what if I told you that there are 5 areas of focus that can make you a happier mom without overhauling your entire life? Having babies might have already turned your world upside down, but you can still find joy and calm in the chaos by honing in on these simple, yet transformative aspects of your life.
Here are the 5 areas of focus for more joy and peace in Your Mom Life…
1. Take Care of Your Health To Be A Happier Mom
Your health is the cornerstone of your well-being, and as a mom, it often takes a backseat to everyone else’s needs. But remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup. I know it’s cliche but it’s true. Prioritizing your physical and mental health is essential for your happiness and the happiness of your family.
The key is to start small.
Carve out time for a brisk walk, practice deep breathing exercises, or find moments of stillness throughout your day to just be. Ensure you’re eating well and staying hydrated, as a nourished body and mind are better equipped to handle the demands of motherhood.
I’ve struggled greatly with my health over the years from being diagnosed with fibromyalgia that caused depression to TMJ and just overall chronic sicknesses and chronic pain. Thankfully I’m so much better now but I know how much it can hold you back when you don’t feel well. Pain and illness make you irritable, less productive, and makes you feel awful.
That’s why it’s important, especially as busy moms, to take care of our health so we can manage our bodies and our emotions while taking care of our little ones.
Some things that are simple to focus on for our health are:
- Sleep- I know with littles this can be so hard, especially if you are still feeding babies in the night. I’m struggling with this but it’s so important and there are things we can do to try and make it better.
- Movement- Whether it is an exercise program with short daily workouts or running around the yard with our kids, we need to move every day multiple times per day.
- Real, whole foods– It’s so tempting to grab packaged stuff and sugar-laden treats when we need energy but it only makes us more tired in the long run.
I said these things are simple but that doesn’t make them easy. I’m struggling with sugar right now myself. Taking care of our health as busy moms is just plain hard. But we can do the best we can and we’ll reap the benefits. It’s something I talk about more in When Mothering A Baby Just Feels Too Hard.
2. Relationships And Connection
Being a mom doesn’t mean you have to put your relationships on hold. In fact, nurturing your connections with friends, family, and your partner can greatly enhance your happiness. While also getting to know these new little people you helped bring into the world.
Make it a point to schedule regular date nights. Plan a coffee date with a friend and take your littles along. Try to find mom friends that you can share the real stuff with. If you don’t have anyone in real life there are some supportive groups online.
This is another area that can be hard to cultivate when you are in the middle of life with littles between breastfeeding and naps and toilet training and meal prep and housework and all the things.
But moments of connection, even if they’re small, can help you recharge and feel less alone.
3. Your Home Can Make You A Happier Mom
You don’t have to go full-on minimalist but let’s face it, a cluttered and chaotic home can add to your stress levels. Creating a tidy and organized living space can do wonders for your peace of mind.
Again little changes add up over time. Start by decluttering one room or even one drawer or closet. You can involve your children in the process to teach them responsibility. Work on creating routines for tidying up throughout the day. A serene home environment can provide a sense of control and calm amidst the daily chaos of motherhood.
It makes your children calmer and happier too.
Often children are happier with fewer toys and things and more space to be and create. A peaceful home makes so much difference in how you are your family feel.
4. Don’t Forget Your Hobbies
Remember the things you loved to do before becoming a mom? Whether it was painting, dancing, reading, or gardening, reclaiming your hobbies can bring immense joy. Find pockets of time to indulge in your passions, even if it’s just for a few minutes each day.
If it is something you can do as a family then get everyone involved. These moments of self-expression and creativity can be incredibly fulfilling. If you are struggling to find a hobby you love or want to try something new, I have lists of different self-care activities for moms here whether you are a homebody, an outdoorsy gal, or a crafty one.
5. Your Spiritual Life Is Critical To Be A Happier Mom
This is number 5 on our list but it’s the most IMPORTANT. The relationship that we have with our Creator is what gives us our real purpose and sense of fulfillment. To glorify Him through motherhood and everything we do is our ultimate goal.
Take time to reflect, journal, and engage in activities that help you grow spiritually every day. This might include volunteering, practicing gratitude, praying, Bible Study, and being in nature as much as you can. I just saw a post about how when you look through the New Testament you see that Jesus met women where they were doing their work, raising their babies.
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If we can learn to pause and reflect on Him throughout the day, in our ordinary tasks, our lives and motherhood can be changed for not just greater happiness, but true joy.
Becoming a happier mom doesn’t require a complete overhaul of your life. But if we need one, Jesus can give us that. He makes all things new.
By focusing on these five key areas – health, relationships, home, hobbies, and spirituality – we can make small but meaningful changes that will lead to greater joy and calm in our daily lives. And while we’re doing that, we can pray for the Holy Spirit to come into our hearts and make all things new.
Take small steps in each of these areas, and watch as your happiness as a mom begins to bloom. I’m praying for your Momma!
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