10 Healthy Habits for Moms

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If you follow me on facebook then you know that I've had to step back and re-examine my life and my priorities. Nothing bad or life-changing has happened, but I did notice that my life was beginning to lose the "balance" that allows me to be the best wife, mom, church leader, friend, blogger, etc. that I can be. I was also starting to lose some of my passion for life, which impacts my success in any given area. So I thought about it. I thought about what I really want from my life right now. What do I want to do that I'm really passionate about?

The answer: write a book.

Writing a book is something that has been on my heart for a looooong time. But more recently, it has become something that I actually believe could be a reality for me. It's not a pipe dream. It's a tangible and attainable pursuit.

So if I want to write a book (and write it within the next couple years), that means that other things in my life need to be shuffled around in order to achieve that goal.

One of the decisions I have made is to reduce my blog posts to a once a week commitment. You may still see a week with two posts if my brain has been on overdrive or my kitchen experiments have turned into successes, but reducing that commitment makes me a much more relaxed mama and frees up time for me to write my book.

You'll totally think it's worth it when you purchase my book in the future, I know it :)

Anyway, re-examining my life had me thinking about what really makes me healthy in mind, body and spirit and I came up with this list.

I hope you use it to renew your energy, your passion, and your priorities like I have!

1. Find joy.

Whatever it is that makes your heart sing and brings a smile to your face, make time to do it. You do your family no favours by living a mediocre--or even miserable--life! It's not selfish to desire a life that is joyful. Just make sure you seek out something that benefits your whole being.

2. Nourish your body.

Eating well will give you the strength, energy, and clarity you need to achieve the things in your life that matter the most to you. Whether you need the physical energy to chase after your child or the emotional strength to work on the issues in your marriage, nourishing your body with good food should be a priority.

3. Stimulate your mind.

Sometimes at the end of the day, all you want to do is veg on the couch and zone out watching the bachelor. But one of the best things for you after spending all day talking to little people with limited vocabulary is to do something that challenges you mentally. Read a book on personal development, join a bible study, or start a blog! Find an area that you want to grow in and make the decision to work on it.

4. Get moving.

What's the best thing to do when you're feeling tired? Exercise. That doesn't mean running 5k every day, in fact, I would advise against it. But doing some stretching, climbing some stairs, or going for a walk will do much more for your tired body and mind than taking a nap will do!

5. Get outside.

Whether you're a stay-at-home mom or work in an office, your mind can get pretty foggy by the end of the day. Be intentional about getting outside once or twice during the day to get some fresh air and you will find that you are much more focused and productive.

6. Lose the guilt.

Seriously. Just lose the guilt. Whatever it is that you feel guilty about, stop. The only person that expects you to be perfect is yourself, so let that go. You're not failing miserably at being a wife, mom, Christian, friend, entrepreneur, etc. Do the best you currently know how, take care of yourself without feeling guilty about it, and then work on being better. Growth is a lifelong process so cut yourself some slack.

7. Fill your cup first.

You can't give to others what you yourself do not have. If you're not taking the time to take care of yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually, you will not be able to serve the people around you well. You'll feel drained and even resentful. But when you've taken care of yourself first, you will then be able to serve those around you joyfully and effectively.

8. Get connected.

Loneliness is a barrier to joy and the life that you are called to live. Find people to be in relationship with who love, encourage and challenge you. A simple way to do this is find a group of people who share in your interests, like a bible study or a sewing club. If groups aren't your thing but you've just been waiting around for someone to be your friend, start by doing things for other people that you wish they would do for you. You'll still get a lot of the same positive emotions from the experience and you show people that you're someone they should want to get to know.

9. Ask for help.

Being able to admit that you need help and you can't do it all is admirable. When you choose to humble yourself and admit that you have weaknesses, you take a lot of the pressure off of yourself. Plus, seeking out other people for help allows you to learn from their strengths.

10. Dream big.

Stop putting limits on yourself. If there's something you've always wanted to do, but have been too scared to do it, then do it! If there's something you want to do but are afraid of failing, do it anyway. Dreaming big doesn't mean being unrealistic. It means seeing your strengths and the many things you can do! When you dream big, you start to see all the opportunities around you.

Is there anything else you would add to this list?