I’m letting our own Meagan Francis commandeer MommaBlog today to celebrate the release of her new book, “The Happiest Mom.” Leave a comment by 8 pm ET today about what makes you happy for your chance to win a copy of her book.
Lasting change doesn’t happen overnight. But if you’re having a hard time finding the joy in motherhood, there are small things you can do right now to brighten your outlook. Here are three easy ways you can be a happier mom—starting today.
1. Try on a new attitude. You’ve heard the expression “Fake it ‘til you make it,” right? Well, it works for creating a positive outlook, too. Think of small ways you can inject some cheer, perspective, and ease into your daily life. Instead of groaning when the alarm goes off and hitting “snooze” eighteen times, think about how much you’re looking forward to that cup of coffee. Instead of snapping when the milk spills, force yourself to say “Whoops!” in a “no-big-deal” tone, grab a towel, and take care of it. Choose not to allow small challenges to build up and bring you down. It’ll become habit, and over time your whole life will look rosier.
2. Call a friend. Loneliness and isolation make the challenges of a mom’s daily life even harder. Reaching out for support, a listening ear or just somebody to make your trip to the grocery store less lonely can make you happier right away. If your social circle seems kind of sparse these days, don’t hesitate—work on beefing it up today! Join a local club or organization that interests you. Bring the mom down the block some banana bread and an invitation to bring the kids over to play soon. Or just head to the playground and scout for new friends. Leave your smart phone or Kindle in your purse this time around, offer a friendly smile, a compliment, or a helping hand to another mom, and see where it takes you.
3. Do something that really matters to you…and skip something that doesn’t. The way I see it, being a happy mom is all about prioritizing. We can’t do everything, so it’s up to us to figure out the things that make us happiest and matter the most to us, and put those things first. Of course, making room for things that do matter to you will likely mean giving some things that don’t matter the axe. What could you do today that would give you a feeling of genuine accomplishment, joy, satisfaction or excitement? What could you cross off the “to-do” list to make room for it?
What makes you happy? Leave a (clean) comment for your chance to win a copy of Meagan’s new book.
As a mom of five and blogger, author and writer, Meagan Francis spends the bulk of her time trying to balance kissing boo-boos with meeting deadlines (sometimes doing both simultaneously). But while life with kids is often chaotic and frustrating, Meagan believes a mother’s life can be rewarding and fun—and that all moms deserve a little more happiness. Her new book The Happiest Mom: Ten Secrets To Enjoying Motherhood, has been published in partnership with Parenting magazine.