For a long time my life was simple and well-balanced. I had an enjoyable and fulfilling career, taught yoga and pilates in my free time, and traveled to various parts of the world for adventure and fun. Since this was before children, I never thought it would be a challenge to be a happy healthy mom.
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Then, within the span of a few years I got married, had two VERY difficult pregnancies, became a homeowner, fulltime working mom, and a stressed out and unhealthy version of the person I used to be.
You can do anything.You just can’t do everything.
As moms we put so much pressure on ourselves and our culture dishes up three big ol’ heaping spoonfuls of stress, overwhelm and challenge on top of that. It’s enough to make you unhealthy, unhappy and not a very pleasant person to be around. Think this might be you? Just ask your kids and your spouse…they’ll tell you ?
For most of us, trying to be the perfect wife, mother, friend and employee isn’t working. Instead we end up spread too thin and being mediocre versions of all of those things.
Today I am sharing this list of simple ways to be a happy healthy mom. These are just some ideas to get you started. Choose one or two that think would have the biggest impact on your life and jump right in.
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There was never an EXTREME diet, budget, or lifestyle philosophy I found that worked AND that I could stick to.
No sugar – failed!
No TV watching for my kids – failed!
Exercising everyday – failed!
Instead, I found that when I focused on simplifying my life and using a more balanced approach I started seeing a positive impact on my health and happiness.
Eat mostly health foods, most of the time
See – no extremes
Food should be enjoyed AND nourish our bodies. People who force themselves to follow strict diets are missing out on the soul sustaining joy that food can bring. When eaten in moderation, treats are an important part of self care. If you eat mostly healthy foods most of the time, you will be able to occasionally indulge and feel guilt free.
It’s the opposite of multi-tasking and most research is saying it is actually more efficient.
Write down your thoughts
It can help to clear mental clutter, spur creativity and relieve anxiety. All that makes for a happy healthy mom.
Brainstorm a list of everything you want to do or accomplish. Then go back and revise it, this time writing each item in order from greatest to least importance. When you start to expend energy on tasks that are not your top priorities refocus.
Being constantly surrounded by “stuff” can make you feel overwhelmed. It requires extra energy to organize, clean and care for extra items. Make an effort to only keep items you cherish, use or bring you joy.
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Mama ain’t happy? Ain’t nobody happy!
Find your joy
I recently lost a friend from my youth to an accident. He left behind his wife, young children and an entire community. Your entire life can change in an instant. Be sure to find a piece of happiness every day. When you do share it on social media with #doonepositivething in my friend’s honor.
Pay off debt
Debt is a major cause of financial stress. When you aren’t buried under a ton of debt your stress levels drop.
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Eat happy food
As a former microbiologist, I am really interested in the new research being done showing a connection between gut health and mental health. Cut back on processed foods and increase your intake of fruits and vegetables to increase sertotonin production – the feel good chemical.
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Curate go-to healthy snacks
If you wait until you are hungry to choose a snack, you put yourself at a high risk of making a poor choice. Instead, plan ahead and buy your favorite healthy snacks in bulk and pack them with your wherever you go. This will help you avoid last minute snack remorse.
Stop Negative Self Talk
Be careful what you say about yourself in front of your kids. They learn through observation. If you are always modeling self-hate with negative comments about your hair, your singing voice or your butt they will learn to judge themselves harshly too.
When you eat, just eat
Mindful eating can help relieve anxiety, curb emotional eating and lead to weight loss.
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Drink more tea
Tea is SUPER good for you. You should drink it more often.
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Realize you don’t have to have all the answers
The next time you hear your child ask “Why” respond with “What do you think?”
This simple phrase shows that you believe your child can think for themselves and can spur a discussion. It also encourages critical thinking and creativity.
Be thankful for things you normally take for granted
Clean drinking water, a healthy child, access to nourishing food. In the big scheme of things we are all so fortunate.
Focus your attention
Our world is being taken over by distraction. We have distracted drivers, distracted parenting and people walking off cliffs being distracted by video games. Stop the madness people. Put down your phone a be a driver, a parent and an aware member of society.
Sitting, also known as being sedentary is one of the main contributing factors to poor health. Maybe you are tied to your desk at work or spend the weekends on the couch watching TV. A great goal to start is to get up and walk around every hour.
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Need some more happy healthy mom ideas? Here they come!
Get your finances in order
Over 70% of our population has stressed over money in the past month. Take the first step to gaining control over your money by starting to use a budget.
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Turn off the news
News headlines are scary, depressing and unsettling. All of the negative information produces chemicals in our brains that create anxiety. Reduce your exposure to all that by simply not tuning in or clicking that awful headline in your feed.
Break your media addiction
Research shows that media overuse or compulsively checking our phones, can interfere with daily life and lead to family conflicts, emotional and psychological concerns and relationship problems. Avoid mindlessly checking your phone and focus instead on doing something you enjoy.
Focus on the positive
Whenever you start to feel overwhelmed by life, stop and think of one thing that is going well. It’s easy for us to say that “nothing is working out” until we stop to think about it.
Become a life editor
By simplifying, decluttering and letting go of relationships that no longer serve you in a positive way you create room for everything that does.
Just a few more happy healthy mom ideas
Chart your progress
If you set a goal, create a chart or visual representation of your progress. This simple act can help encourage small changes and supports future motivation.
When was the last time you gave a task, person or event your entire attention? By allowing ourselves to be present we will participate, experience and enjoy life more fully.
Your intention is a goal or plan. So many of us go through periods of our life only to look back and realize that when left to chance things don’t always work out how we had planned. By being intentional with your time, money and energy you can create the life that you dream of.
Comparison is the death of joy – Mark Twain. It’s that simple.
Eat the frog
This is the concept that you should do your most difficult, despised or challenging task first. It is a super amazing strategy if you are prone to procrastination. Once that first hurdle is overcome the rest is easy.
When you allow others to control our thoughts, actions and emotions you are focused on their happiness, not your own.
Simply expressing an outward emotion, intensifies the feeling internally. The more frequently you smile the happier you feel. Going through a particularly difficult moment? Forcing yourself to smile can actually make you feel better.
There you have it mama! 30 Simple Ways to be a Happy Healthy Mom.
We would love to hear from you! What is your happy healthy mom goal for this year? Please comment below!