Friday, May 18, 2018

Tips To Help You Be a Happier Mom


If you ask any mom if being a mother makes her happy, no doubt she will say yes. This will probably be immediately followed by stories and multiple pictures of her child or children. But while she may feel fulfilled as a parent and in love with her children, there can be many other aspects of her life that cause stress. Being a parent often means sleepless nights, disagreements with your spouse, anxiety, or self-esteem issues with post-baby body. Having children around brings so much joy! However being a parent is only one aspect of your life. All those other parts of life can take their toll. We all need to take some time out and even make changes to our lives to make sure that we can be the best wife and mother possible.  


If feeling stressed as a parent is ringing a bell, then here are some things that can help you to be a happier person and a happier mom. Life is never going to be perfect, but there are things you can do to make sure you enjoy it to the full.


Admit When You Need Help

This is one of the things that is hardest for me. We can all feel stressed or overwhelmed at certain times in our life, especially as a new mom. So don’t be afraid to ask for help or admit that you are feeling a little stressed. It is completely normal to feel a little stressed or frustrated at times, and if you do, it certainly doesn’t make you a bad mom!

Try to Prioritize Sleep

Sleep and being a mom sound like a little bit of an oxymoron, right? But our sleep, or lack of it can, can play a big part in how we feel overall. It can make use more irritable and find it harder to enjoy things. I don’t  know if you’ve heard of the word ‘hangry’ which means being hungry makes you angry, but I tell my husband I am ‘tangry’ (being tired makes me angry). So even if you have a child that doesn’t sleep through the night, try going to bed earlier. Take naps if you need to, and focus on getting the rest that you need. My oldest daughter is way past taking naps, but she still has a ‘quiet time’ when she looks at books and plays quietly in her room. If Aveline is sleeping, I get a chance to take a break, and maybe even a nap!

Volunteer or Serve Others

A great thing to do for your self-esteem, confidence, and happiness, is to get out of your comfort zone a little bit. One way to do that is to look for some great volunteer positions in your local area, or looking for ways to serve and help others. It means time away from home, a little time to yourself, and is a great example to your kids too. Your focus will be on other people and their worries and needs, and yours will seem small in comparison. It can be a great stress-reliever too. You can even volunteer as a family and spend quality time together to teach your children good values.

Rethink Your Priorities

Some of the time, a lot of the stress or expectations that can cause us to get a little down, are the things that we put on ourselves. I take on way too much by thinking I need to keep the house clean, always make a home cooked dinner, and take time to do a fun activity with my daughters each day. Then I feel overwhelmed about trying to fit in blogging, exercise, and all the errands I need to run! But when we rethink our priorities, and focus on the things we are doing, it is going to help us to be happier and healthier. The house doesn’t always need to be picked up. Laundry can (probably) wait until tomorrow. Prioritize what is really important and do that!



13 comments:

  1. I couldn't agree more with this important post! Admitting you need help and prioritizing is something I focus on. Have a great weekend Laura!

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  2. These are great tips! Hubby thought I was crazy when I started going to bed at the same time as the boys when our youngest was small - but it was usually the longest block of time I'd get before they started waking up, and two hours uninterrupted is so precious in those early days, haha! I was happy to sacrifice getting things done if I could get a bit of sleep, as there was no napping during the day with two of them!

    Hope that you are having a lovely week with a nice weekend ahead of you :)

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  3. This is a wonderful post! Getting sleep is definitely important! Being tired and hungry make me ultra hangry so I try and rest or at least cat nap when I can.

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  4. Good tips! I think sleep is huge, at least for me. I am not one of those people who operates well on little sleep.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  5. These are great tips! I think admitting when you need help is such a big one. I was more inclined to do that after having my second, but for some reason, I struggled with it a bit when I have my first son. Now, I'm like sure, come on over and fold my laundry lol. Sierra Beautifully Candid

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  6. Being a mom is hard and usually filled with guilt if we admit we're having a hard time or we're unhappy. Such a stigma attached to mental health that it makes it difficult to ask for help but we need to. Thanks for spreading the message!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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  7. This is so helpful, Laura. Really for any woman at any stage of their life. Sometimes I think asking for help is the hardest, yet it's the best thing I can do at times!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
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  8. Parenting is hard and I really feel like each age brings new challenges. You're never on top of it, because its constantly changing. I agree that getting sleep when you can, prioritizing and even volunteering are all good ways to make yourself feel better!

    Carrie
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  9. This is sooo on point dear! I love everything you said here, especially the first one. Yes, as moms, we want to be on top of everything, make sure they're all perfect. However, we can only do so much. Help can come from anybody, especially your partner. Exercise teamwork in your household, that will make life for everyone in your home easy.

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  10. Thanks for sharing these tips. Asking for help can be hard to do a time but I have learn that I need to do it more.

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  11. I'm not a mom, BUT, these tips could be applied to so many circumstances in life...thanks for sharing:)

    Laura
    Black Coffee Beautiful

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  12. A great post.. it's a hard job and keeping your sanity and enjoying the process is difficult at times. thanks for sharing

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