Being a mom is the most incredible role I have, and ever will, take on. It wasn’t until I became one that I realized that this is exactly what I was meant for. While I relish the challenges that come with being a busy mother, I would be lying if I said that I didn’t get frustrated, angry, and impatient.
Since I stay-at-home with my kids, it’s crucial that I find ways to cope with these emotions, because if left unchecked for long they can be incredibly destructive.
3 Tips for Momlife Calmness
While I’m not perfect, I’ve found that these three things have really made a difference in my ability to stay calm and patient when it feels like my kids, and my life, are running wild.
Waking Up Early
As a yoga and meditation teacher, I practice breathing exercises regularly throughout my day. I have different exercises for different experiences – one I go to when I’m feeling angry, another when I’m feeling tired, another when I’m anxious. This has been a lifesaver for me on many occasions and is something I highly recommend!
Yes, hydration really is key in my ability to stay calm. And research shows that there’s something to it. The more hydrated you are, the better your body and brain operates, which makes it easier for you to stay calm when you’re feeling angry or anxious. I make it a habit to drink a large glass of water before approaching my kids if they’re misbehaving. It not only makes me feel better, but it gives me time to literally cool down as well.
While I have come to love waking up early, I haven’t always been a “morning person”. But now, I can see a huge difference in my day if I choose to sleep in. When I wake up early, I have time to do things that make me feel great the rest of the day, like practicing yoga, meditating, reading, etc. This extra hour or two I have before the rest of my family gets up puts me in a great state of mind.
It’s always important to remember that, despite our efforts, no mom is ever going to be perfect. There will be days we lose our temper or raise our voices. And, so long as we don’t make habits out of it, it’s all going to be okay.
You are resilient, and so are your kids.