6 Ways to be a Happier Mom

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m far from being a parenting expert, and I’m not a parenting blogger. But with nearly 16 years of parenting experience under my belt (! – right?) and with an intentional focus on being happier and with Mother’s Day just around the corner, I have a few thoughts to share about being a happier mom. Try the ones that appeal to you, and (happily) ignore the others.

1. Prioritize your own happiness.

You deserve to be happy. But if that isn’t motivating to you then know this: when you are happy, your kids (and husband) will be happier, too. Prioritizing your own happiness is a win-win.

2. Take time for you.

Schedule time on your calendar regularly for happiness breaks. I have a friend who took a mom vacation (on her own) for a week. She came back very refreshed and happy. But, you can get similar benefits in smaller doses and by doing something different. Figure out what makes you happy, whether it’s scrapbooking, running, reading, meditating, going for a walk, or having lunch with a friend. Then stake a claim to a slice of time for this happiness-inducing activity.

3. Stop comparing.

Comparison erodes happiness. Period. Tune into what works for you, and then stop worrying about what everyone else is doing, getting, buying, achieving, etc…

4. Replace worry with planning and action.

Worry is a happiness killer. So instead of worrying about what could go wrong, figure out what “going right” looks like for you. Then, make a plan to move in that direction. And finally, start taking small steps forward.

5. Clear the clutter.

Clutter adds stress to the environment, making it harder to feel truly happy. Spend some time decluttering your home and your mind, then see how great you feel.

6. Strive for happiness instead of perfection.

If you aim for perfect, on some level it’s probably because you think this will make you happy. Take it from a recovering perfectionist: it won’t! Trying to do things perfectly leads to frustration, procrastination, and unfinished projects. Instead focus on getting things done, and see how happy it makes you.

What are your secrets to being a happier mom? Please share your ideas in the comments below.


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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and organizing eBooks.

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