Hey there, mama! I see you. I know how stressed and exhausted you are– because you put everyone’s needs before your own and that can be so draining. I’ve learned that it’s sooo vital to my happiness and well-being to develop healthy habits.
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I set out on a quest– to find out which healthy habits other mamas do to stay happy, and I’ve received some phenomenal responses.
I’m going to share these real responses
get a refresher on how important self-care is for you.
“I take a bath every Friday morning. I use essential oils, pour in some Epsom salts, I exfoliate my skin, shave my legs. To ensure I get my 30 minutes of peace, my 3 year gets screen time and I nurse my newborn and put her in her vibrating chair. I love my once a week self care ritual because on every other day of the week I take a really rushed shower.”
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“It is vital to my happiness as a mom (and person!) to maintain strong connections with friends – particularly in person. I am so much more fulfilled, happy, and ready to be patient, silly, playful, and understanding if I have regular time with my mom friends!”
“Getting up early before everyone else every morning, so I can have a quiet breakfast and get everything organized for my day before the crazy chaos begins.”
I make time for myself away from the kids, the daily routine, and do something for myself. A pedicure, a massage, or some retail therapy.
“Taking time for myself and the things that I love every day, even if just for five minutes.”
“Taking walks with my family.”
“Home cooked meals.”
“Being able to put on my headphones and either take a walk or dance.”
“I take an hour out side of the house once a week and just be me. I’m a work at home mom and it’s my alone time!”
“I brush my teeth.”
“Exercise (when I can make time and have the motivation and energy for it!).” -Genni
“My husband and I have a regular weekend night sitter so that we can go on date nights at least twice each month. This habit has been fantastic not only for our marriage and staying connected, but also for my mental health and happiness. Just having the occasions to get dressed up and feel like a woman outside of “Mommy” has allowed me to maintain my sense of self. With four kids, it is all too easy to lose yourself in the parenting role so the date nights have been a game-changer for keeping me happy and healthy.”
-Caitlin from www.realmomrecs.com
“Eliminating toxins from my home. This keeps me energized, reduces illness and keeps my moods balanced.”
-Bri Pruitt from www.hippiedippiemom.com
“Going on a brisk, 50 minute walk every morning.”
“Taking some time away to get my hair done. It’s something I neglected for a while. Once I started getting it done I realized how much better I felt about myself because my hair looked good”
“I make time to play with them, even if it’s just 15 minutes. The one on one (or two) time is great for our family bond. Sometimes we craft, sometimes we dance together, or we play a short game of Uno. I always have some ideas for kids games. Really, 15 minutes of fun and laughter each day can make such a difference.”
“Taking an evening walk with my daughter. I’m getting exercise and exposing her to the same routine.”
-Keyona from www.professionalmomma.com
“CrossFit – 1 hour 2-3x a week is my “me time” and keeps me energized.”
“Taking time in the morning to exercise! It reduces stress & anxiety and gives me an energy boost that lasts all day.”
-Amy from themultitaskingmomlife.com
“Daily scripture study, even if it is just 5 minutes! It makes a HUGE difference in my patience level with my young children. And if it a particularly rough day, we will listen to gospel music in the background while we homeschool.”
-Tiffany T. from thecrazyshoppingcart .com
“It’s really hard to answer this with just one healthy habit! But if I have to choose I think the biggest thing that postively impacts my happiness is making time for myself and my relationship with my husband. We’ve kept up a regular weekly or at least monthly date night since our first kid was born 15 years ago. The key for me has not been to hope I can squeeze in a moment alone for myself but to actively *make* the time for it and prioritize my own needs. I began training my kids when they were little to respect mommy’s quiet time, even if that meant just 15 minutes for me to read a book. Of course I love my children deeply but the universe does not revolve around them!”
-Liane from talesofascrunchymom.com
“I take social media breaks when I’m feeling depressed or overwhelmed. I have found that reducing my time on facebook has greatly affected my mood….in a positive way.”
-Laura from excuse-the-mess.com