Motherhood comes with many blessings and rewards as well as many challenges and stressors. Whether you work outside the home or work within the confines of your house, you are a busy, hardworking person if you are a mother. No matter what the age of your child or children, you as a mother have different duties that you must perform in order to help keep your family running smoothly, and sometimes, in performing those duties, you lose sight of taking care of your own well-being.
How do you survive in this arena known as motherhood? What can you do to help make sure that you stay healthy and happy? Here are a few suggestions for those women who have chosen to take on the great task of being “mom:”
Pray or meditate daily.
Life is busy when you are taking care of children, but make sure that you find a moment to pray or meditate each day. Even if you only have a few minutes before the children arise in the morning or after they go to bed at night, take time to clear your mind and pray. It will help you to find more peace in your busy life.
Take time to exercise.
Exercise is a wonderful stress reliever and helps to keep your body healthy. Even if you are only taking a stroll around the block alone or with the children, this activity is better than not having done any physical activity at all.
If you are a member of a gym, you can take advantage of the child care that is provided for the patrons of the gym. You can work out and keep your body in shape while your child or children have an opportunity to take part in fun activities with other children.
Be a part of a moms’ group or have some sort of support system.
This author has a group of moms with whom she gets together on a weekly basis. This author’s children have the opportunity to spend time with their friends, while this author and her other “mom” friends are able to talk, relax, and vent together.
Mothers need a support system, and if you do not have time to get together in person with other moms, several online “mom” groups which you can join exist. Social networking sites, such as Facebook, allow moms to connect with their friends and chat online with them as their time allows.
Take part in a hobby that you enjoy.
Every mom needs to have a stress-relieving outlet, and a hobby that she enjoys can help to fill that role. Whether you love to read, cook, create works of art, write, run, or take part in any other activity, allow yourself time to take part in that passion. If you have a child who enjoys the same hobby that you do, you can incorporate him or her into your endeavor if you choose.
Reward yourself for being a mom.
Whether you love consuming edible delights as a special treat or going on an occasional retail therapy trip, you should take the time to reward yourself for being a mom and doing all of the things that you do as a mom. You deserve it.
Remember that in order to be the best mom that you can be, you need to be sure and take care of yourself as well as your children. Keep these suggestions in mind, and congratulations on being a mother.