5 Things Making Me a Happier Mom

IMAG2388I’ve accomplished a goal that I never set out to achieve: I’m a happier mom now.

Okay, so this could always ebb and flow like any mood, but let me tell you, it’s amazing how much happier I feel; how much more present I feel when I’m with my children and my husband.

So here’s what’s changed.

1. I’m Exercising. Lunch hours no longer really include, well, lunch. Since signing up for a gym membership, my lunch hours are now spent working out at least a few days a week. Talk about a de-stressor during a crazy work day! And, let me bunny trail for a second. You know those evenings when you’ve had a long day at work and you feel like you’re just going to lose it when you step in the door because you feel so overwhelmed? Okay, just me. Well, Friday was “that day” for me and thankfully, I was able to hit a spin class before going home.

I was a new mom.

2. I’m Eating Healthier. Junk food makes you feel like junk; seriously. Sluggish, gross, maybe even a little more down than before you picked up that juicy, cheesy In ‘N Out burger. Since incorporating more veggies, water, having a daily protein shake, and lightening up my diet in general, I feel more balanced, more focused and definitely feel more energetic even on the stilted sleep I still experience having a daughter under 1.

3. I Have a Hobby. Yep, I got a hobby. I used to scrapbook and do crafting occasionally, but who can spread out and sit down undisturbed to do that anymore? Then, marathon running and training became a hobby (it’s really my lifestyle now, but we’ll put that on the shelf for now). For a while, my baby daughter has been my world, edging out a possibility for any new pursuits, but now that she’s older, it’s getting easier to incorporate more “me” time into my life again. So, I have my own Pampered Chef business. I cook, I bake and I’m around other adults for a few hours every week…and I earn money to cover family vacations. Win, win, win!

4. I’m Having “Girl Time.” It’s hard to feel like it’s okay to be away from home outside of work hours when you are at a job from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. You want to spend time with your family. You know you need to keep up with the daily chores…but still, that small voice inside cries out “I need to get away!” Thank goodness I have a wonderful, supportive husband who just KNOWS when I need to just get out with the girls. From a spa day to a shopping day, I’ve been lucky enough to have some girl time over the past few months, which has seriously spared my sanity and perked up my mood in a huge way.

5. I Splurge, Minus the Guilt. Yup, you heard right. I haven’t stepped on the scale lately, but while I’m changing my habits, I’m also having grace with myself and allowing little splurges. If I want a cupcake date with my little boy, then I do it…and make better choices before and after said event to make up for it. The best part, however, is that I’m no longer beating myself up over having a sugar-laden treat. I’m making a change, but we all need margin. Be good 90% of the time and give yourself 10% wiggle room for the inevitable splurges, right?

So there you have it. Five little things that are making me a happier mom. They could help you be a little happier too…even if you aren’t a mom.

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