Sometimes as stay at home mom’s we can have slow but long, long days. We hope for better and look for ways to create a happier day. Most times we tend to look for it in costly activities or even food! that’s me. But it only requires minor changes in our everyday routine. So, I’ve come up with 10 simple habits that can change your gloomy days into a day of happiness and fulfillment.
10. Wake up early – Wake up early before the kids get up. I’ve had this on my New Year’s Resolution every year and I renew it almost every week. Again, it sits on my New Year’s Resolution list for the year 2016. I know… don’t judge me. When I do have early days, they are the best days. I get to freshen up without being interrupted or intercepted, it is so relaxing! I have more time to appreciate my day when I get up early. Endorphins are soaring, body feels invigorated and my mind set is ready to take on my day.
9. Have an everyday ritual – This is where I do my personal scripture reading and prayer. It is my turn to be a child, my time as a daughter with my Heavenly Father. Whether I get up early or not, it is a must do task before starting my day. This is when my day actually starts.
8. Exercise – Okay, okay… this may be another New Year’s Resolution that keeps getting renewed every week. I’m being truthful, aren’t I? One thing I know for sure is exercising definitely multiplies our little endorphin friends reducing pain and stress. True! It improves our heart and lung power to keep up with our mommy and personal duties. I think being a mom in itself is “exercise” with all the running around with my toddlers, errands and house duties. However, solely focusing on my body and being physically active can also create feelings of exhilaration, confidence and will power.
7. Plan your day – As a first time mom, my husband suggested that I plan my days. What? Why do I need to plan my day? I’m at home, I can do anything I want. Wrong! It took me two years to finally give it a go, and my days are a lot better. I’ve found when my day is planned, tasks are done, goals are fulfilled and my day is spent with purpose. DO NOT over plan your day.
6. Play – Time travels fast. Believe it or not but the young teething toddler causing havoc in the home will soon grow up. So take some time to sit and play with your babies. Whether it’s rolling on the grass, baking, picking dandelions, reading a book or pretending to have a tea party. Play time is the most important part of my day. Although the mountainous laundry remain undone, my day is still a triumph because time was well spent.
5. Nap! – Nap during the day if you need to. We don’t want grumpy mommy stomping and growling at every little spill, mess or clothing trail on the floor.
4. Keep your hobbies – Continue with your hobbies, talents and interests you enjoyed before you were a mommy. If you don’t have one, find one. I found my hobby a few months ago, blogging! It is something I get to do for myself and I love it. Time is scarce in motherhood, so create and make time for your hobbies.
3. Learn – This is my favorite part. Educate yourself 30 minutes or more each day. Follow topics you are interested in and expand your knowledge on it, whether its through current affairs, books, people or personal research. Learning new knowledge can be empowering and will definitely lift your day. It can also create opportunity within your home. I love learning! I also find it as good preparation for when it is time to enter the occupation sphere.
2. Friends – Catch up with friends and make friends. Having mommy friends are a great support system. You can share awful potty training experiences, give each other tips on how to cure eczema and trade recipes on how to make play dough. If you can get away without the young troops following behind, Go! Timeout for mommy is always refreshing and can be a great reset button.
1. Don’t be so hard on yourself – There is no perfect way to be a mother. Being a stay at home mom can be frustrating when our expectations of motherhood is out of reach. We all make mistakes and that’s okay. Learn from it, Do better and Move on.
Good habits are contagious. It can fulfill dreams and achieve goals.