The majority of the time that you spend as a mom is catering to the needs of your children. Let’s face it, depending on the ages of your children they need you A LOT! While that’s something that you knew going into motherhood, it can get mighty draining from time to time if you’re not actively making sure that you’re filling that cup of yours. Filling your cup will ultimately ensure a happier life for everyone.
There are lots of things that you can do throughout the day to make sure you’re getting a little taste of you time, but, truthfully they often involve your children being around. These involve little things like putting YOUR music on, watching YOUR (age-appropriate *sigh*) show, tell the kids to entertain themselves for a few minutes while you have that second cup of coffee, locking the door when you go pee. These little things will give you a few minutes to enjoy something that makes you who you are, and will help recharge your draining batteries and make you happier throughout the day. While they are effective, they aren’t as powerful as the one simple thing you should be doing every single day.
The one thing that will make you a happier Mom
As soon as that alarm goes off the race is on. You’re getting the kids ready for school and preparing for the day. You’re drinking your rapidly cooling coffee as you run around like a chicken with her head cut off! It’s chaos as soon as your head lifts off that pillow.
The feelings of panic and crazy can all be somewhat alleviated by doing this one thing: Set your alarm for at least 15 minutes before you have to wake up the kids. Give yourself some time to wake up without anyone demanding things of you. Enjoy that hot cup of coffee and start the day off in a relaxed, peaceful state of mind. This is the time you get to do all the things that you want to do that you CAN’T with your kids around. Things such as subscribe to and read your favorite blog, watch those rated “M” shows, scroll through your Facebook feed without feeling guilty, have a non-Mom shower, do some yoga or meditate, or simply just stare at a wall in complete silence. This will start your day off on a happier tune than feeling the pressure as soon as your eyes flutter.
Make sure you don’t feel guilty about doing any of these things. Your kids may complain at first, but once your happier mood becomes contagious they will quickly change their tune. You’re a Mom, yes, but you haven’t entirely lost all of who you were before that came to be. Doing these things, of course, won’t guarantee that your day isn’t going to be crazy. You and I both know that it will be. It always is. Doing these things, however, will help put you in the right frame of mind for being able to deal with the chaos in a much more rested manner. You’ll feel so much better and be able to be the Mom you want to be:)
You’re doing a great job taking care of your children, Mom. Make sure you’re doing a great job taking care of yourself, too!