How to be a Happy Mom? Difficult yet amazing. In fact its a feeling beyond compare, a life-changing experience!
Being a Happy Mom can be difficult.
When I decided to be a part of the #Momology blog train, least did I know that I will be visiting memory lane once again. Being a mother at the age of 20 was not a very easy task at all. I would cry in solitude, feel so burdened with housework, and sometimes hated the whole experience. That change was tough, I am sure all young moms understand what I went through.
The mornings when you feel it was night ten minutes ago, your eyes don’t open because you are so tired. You forcefully go through the morning routine, getting the buckets of laundry done, folding clothes, cooking, sterilizing milk bottles. Uff, its endless. What are you to do? But fret and fume.
These are the days when a strong sip of black coffee is not enough to snap you out of your low feeling.
Motherhood is hard, but not so hard that you can’t find a way to deal with it. After years of experience and working as a preschool teacher I discovered a few tricks and ways to be a happy Mom.
How to be a Happy Mom
1. Deep breathing and stretching exercises
While dealing with newborns, you need to be very patient, especially with a crying baby. Breathe slowly and steadily. Once done continuously it will become a practice. You can even do so while you’re interacting or feeding your baby. A sense of calm will arise and a positive gush of blood to the brain giving you that boost to deal with it. A few more tips here to deal with PMS and mood swings and How to be a happy Mom.
2. Talk to a friend
Sometimes just talking to a friend or your Mom can release stress. Sharing is caring, they say. It immediately has a therapeutic effect on you. Trust me, its tried and tested. My Mom would sympathize with me with positive stories of my childhood days, we would have a good laugh together and boom! I felt that instant recharge of energy.
3. Ask your husband to help out
It’s the age of equals, sharing chores, and equal parenting. Nowadays husbands take responsibility and are willing to help out in every way. Make it a point to assign certain tasks to ease out your work. My husband would help rock the crying baby, fold clothes, and even help out during bath time. Don’t forget to thank them and appreciate a caring husband.
4. Make a priority list
One of the main reasons for burn out is overwork. Overwork can include family, and social obligations. Try to streamline your list of “must-do” activities. Learn to say “No”. You cannot please the entire world around you. Set your priorities in terms of the most important tasks. List down those that are less important. Dishes and an untidy cupboard can wait but not a doctor’s appointment.
5. Get a massage
A massage is the quickest way to reduce or remove stress. Stress can create tension in muscles, especially the muscles around the shoulders, neck, arms, and face that can cause headaches. A shoulder rub, leg massage, or good body massage can reduce stress, and induce good sleep.
6. Eat well
Instead of giving in to your cravings and blaming it on hormones, try to eat a well-balanced diet. It will help you feel better in general. This could also help control your moods. Your meals should be full of seasonal fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and protein for energy.
How to be a happy Mom post is a part of Momology blog train hosted by Thoughts by Geethica, Slimexpectations, Mummasaurus, and Truly Yours Roma sponsored by FirstCry Intellikit, Instacuppa, Diet Funda, Hugs n tugs, Tina Basu, Unorthodoxpeeps, Lotus Herbals baby and Shumee toys.
“I would like to thank Kapila Rattan Bhowmik for introducing me to the Momology Blog Train. You can read more about her work at http://www.everylittlethinghappiness.com
Parenthood is indeed a life- changing moment. It doesn’t feel so bad after all these years. Just like the most delightful and rewarding experience of my lifetime.