Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.
As working moms we are juggling a lot of balls every day. We have to make sure the kids are all sorted and have what they need. We are work commitments that need to managed and deadlines that need to be met. We have to make time for our partners and then there is exercise and friends. By the time we have successfully juggled all of that, we are exhausted and of we are honest, probably a little down because we are tired and overwhelmed.
It is now, more than ever, important to focus on your self-care and your happiness, even if that means that sometimes you stop juggling a ball or two to focus on your happiness. Easier said than done, I know.
Every day I try to focus on the positive and celebrate my wins. It is not always easy but the more I do it, the easier it becomes. For something to become a habit it must be repeated over and over until it becomes second nature. You don’t need to suddenly start doing all of these every day, start with 2 or 3 and then work your way up to all of them.
What are some of the habits happy moms have in common?
They ask for help. This is something every mom should be doing as and when they need it. It is hard sometimes admitting we need help but there is absolutely no shame in admitting you can’t do it all yourself. Our life goes through seasons and we my not need help through all the seasons. If you are juggling hectic work deadlines, you may need a little help until they are reached. If you are just starting a new business, you may need help until you have everything up and running. Never be afraid to ask for help!
They make self-care a priority. Schedule time in your diary for this if you have to but make sure that you are getting enough time for yourself. This is not walking through Woolworths with no kids, it is something that really feeds your soul.
They wake up early. Waking up early has so many benefits to your overall well being. Getting up before your family allows you focused, quiet time to enjoy a cup of coffee in silence, plan your day or get your work out in. If you get into the habit of waking up early it probably means you are getting to bed early and getting enough sleep, which is so important.
They get into a routine. A routine is not an inflexible schedule but rather an outline of what is happening. A routine helps everyone in your family to know what to expect which provides security. It also makes it easier to achieve things like exercise, self-care and family time if it becomes a part of your routine.
They say NO! Hands up if you struggle to say no and then end up with too much on your plate. Saying no is important for your mental health and your happiness. You do not have to say yes to everything, delegating or simply saying no is ok especially when you are feeling overwhelmed. When you say no when you don’t want to or don’t have time it adds anxiety and negativity which no one needs in their life.
I have two printable inspirational posters to help you get into the habit of being happy. Click here and download.