We don’t like putting ourselves first, but it stands in the way of having happiness. This three little changes can make you a happy mom, too.
Being happy is an inside job.
If you sleep well, exercise, treat others with respect, and eat healthily, life can be so much better.
At the same time, resisting the urge to isolate yourself and letting go of negative thoughts can go a long way toward improving every aspect of your day to day life.
If you really want a better work-life balance, here are a few healthy habits that might just change your world.
1. Establish a morning routine
Happy moms don’t always wake up that way. Like anyone, even a happy person can suffer a bad night’s sleep now and then. But content moms tend to do similar things every morning.
Taking time to enjoy a leisurely breakfast or practice yoga as the sun rises is time well spent. It can really set you up a day full of happiness.
Keep a gratitude journal and write something in it every morning. If you prefer, make notes of gratitude in your journal before you turn in for the night. Buy a beautiful notebook to jot down five things you are grateful for.
An attitude of gratitude can change your outlook on life from within, says MindBodyGreen magazine.
2. Ask for what you want and be ready to receive
Set intentions by setting goals aligned in the same direction. Set small, reasonable goals as well as long-term goals for your future.
Write them down and refer to them often. Be direct and concise, and don’t be afraid to ask the universe for assistance.
Write affirmative notes to yourself and post them where you will see them in unexpected places. The inside of a medicine cabinet door is a good place to see a happiness boosting message that can really make your day.
3. Define happiness…for you
What is inner happiness, really? This may be one of the most important questions you ever ask yourself.
In fact, the best way to achieve inner happiness is to recognize it.
First, ask yourself what a new level of inner happiness looks like to you. How will it feel? What events would be happening in your life, and where would you be? Would your new level of inner happiness involve your work, your family, and friends, or a combination of all?
Start your day with these “purposeful pondering” queries, and ask again at periodic points throughout the day. You may be surprised to find your inner answers change with time, notes the Life on Purpose Institute.
Inner happiness may be something different to each person who experiences it. Set attainable goals, sleep well, stop to smell the roses, and never pass up a chance to be kind.