Food Storage & Other Adventures in Motherhood

13 Simple Secrets for Mommy

by heather

It seems like as a mom there are always more things to do than there is time to do them. And it’s very easy for “me-time” to dissipate, especially when your kids are small. Here are a list of little things that you can do that make yourself feel better, even when “me-time” is scarce. (Confession: This is list is a reminder for myself as much as anything.)

  • Exercise– Normally I am of the camp who doesn’t pay for gym memberships, they are over-priced and I can exercise on my own for free. The problem is I usually don’t. However I had a coupon for free membership at a local gym for a month and I may be hooked. The kids love to play with “new” toys and other kids for an hour and I get to exercise and sometimes read a book at the same time. I have more energy, I feel better, and it’s good for me. Even if you don’t want to pay for a membership try to squeeze some exercise somewhere. Running around with your kids at the park is a way that is fun and free.
  • Use lotion– It’s a simple thing, takes 30 seconds, but when I don’t, I notice. If you wash your hands a lot (like myself) and don’t lotion you can get cracks in your skin that can lead to infection, not to mention they are uncomfortable even if they don’t get that bad. Plus it smells good.
  • Eat healthy foods– I know when you’re tired it’s easier to open a box of instant whatever, however it’s so much healthier to prepare things from scratch. And if you plan ahead of time it doesn’t have to be very time consuming.
  • Pray– “And all things, ye shall ask in prayer believing, ye shall receive” Matt 21:22 I think this is especially true if we pray for strength to fulfill our responsibilities.
  • Drink water– My husband makes fun of me because it doesn’t matter what his complaint is I ask him if he has been drinking enough water. Being dehydrated can make you tired, cause headaches and make any other problem you have worse. (Unless you’re on dialysis.) Your body needs water to facilitate all processes in your body. However, when you’re busy it’s easy to forget your 8 glasses a day.
  • Take time for your friends– Your friends can help brainstorm solutions, give encouragement, new ideas and they need you as much as you need them!
  • Swap kids- I have a neighbor with kids of the same age and corresponding gender as my own. Every so often either her kids come over here or mine go over there. It is a great win-win situation. The kids have a great time and each of us get an hour and a half of quiet “me-time”.
  • Listen to music– Listening to music can give you energy and it makes mundane chores so much more bearable.
  • Prioritize– Decide what is really important to get done and take things one at a time.
  • Be grateful– I know that I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating. You don’t have to look far to remember that things could be worse.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others.- Focus on what you are accomplishing, not on what you haven’t. Yes, the ironing never gets done, but my kids are happy, healthy and read to. And really that’s far more important to me.
  • Take a cold shower.– Or at least turn the water to cold for the last 10 seconds of your shower. It’s great for your skin and can give you a quick boost of energy without caffeine.
  • Get enough sleep– I know this is easier said than done, but as one who has put in her time on the night shift, I can say from experience that you will be a better mom and get more done if you are not sleep deprived.

4 Responses to “13 Simple Secrets for Mommy”

  1. Jocelyn Christensen says:

    This is Great advice! I'd add…do your hair and make-up…at least a little bit every day!

  2. BrittWilk says:

    ha! my husband is the "water nazi" at our house. it's unfortunate how often that is my problem though. :)

  3. Heather says:

    Jocelyn- Excellent point.

  4. Tara says:

    I agree, great advice! These are things I am trying to do, too :).


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