The 9 Habits of Happy Mothers

Family and work life can wear us down. This happens to moms, too. However, we can follow certain habits to make sure the obligations of motherhood don't affect our emotional wellbeing.
The 9 Habits of Happy Mothers
María Alejandra Castro Arbeláez

Reviewed and approved by the psychologist María Alejandra Castro Arbeláez.

Last update: 27 December, 2022

In this article, we’ll look at some common habits of happy mothers that you can include in your routine.

Being a mom is one of the most difficult missions in life, but also the most satisfying. The overwhelming responsibilities involved in motherhood are enough to make anyone feel exhausted and out of control sometimes.

As a mother, you never stop moving and looking out for your family. This can take its toll on your wellbeing.

Remember that to care for other people, you first need to care for yourself. Make time for the things that motivate you, revitalize you and relieve your stress.

The habits of happy mothers

1. Ask for help

Happy moms aren’t afraid to ask for help from family and friends. Let the people closest to you lend a hand so you can take a break.

Ask a trusted friend or relative to look after your children for a few hours while you do something you enjoy.

2. Get out and about

Fresh air, sunlight and the sounds of nature go hand in hand with relaxation.

Taking a short walk in the fresh air every day is sure to improve your mood. Take your kids to the park or take a stroll alone, and enjoy the beauty of the world around you.

3. Plan fun days out

Life can’t be all about washing clothes, cooking, cleaning and looking after your family. Share fun times with your children and get them involved in your hobbies.

A vacation away from home can also be a great idea, even if it’s just for a couple of days.

“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path”

-Agatha Christie-

4. Cultivate and strengthen your relationship with your partner

When you live with someone, it’s easy to forget about the little things you share. However busy your daily routine is, set some time aside for the person you decided to spend your life with.

Make time to be alone with your partner and give them your undivided attention.

The 9 Habits of Happy Mothers

5. Sleep well

Another one of the habits of happy mothers is to get enough sleep. Your body needs rest after a day racing against time to get everything done.

Along with a healthy diet, a good sleep routine will help you get back the energy you expend each day.

6. Take care of your body

Do it for your health. Do it to improve your self-esteem and feel satisfied with what you see in the mirror. Whatever your reason, there is no excuse not to exercise.

There are hundreds of videos with short exercise routines you can try at home. After all, exercise will help to release endorphins that will keep you feeling well.

7. Keep up your friendships

Stay in contact with your old school buddies, colleagues and other moms. Healthy friendships offer an outlet for your emotions and are your strongest ally against stress and anxiety.

Give yourself time to keep old and new friendships alive and stay in touch with your loved ones.

8. Smile often

It’s fundamental to have fun every day and find reasons to smile and be happy with your life.

Try to make sure that your family’s routines include time for you, your children and your partner to share moments of laughter and joy.

Your children will be grateful for having a happy mother who glows with love and wellbeing.

The 9 Habits of Happy Mothers

9. Give and receive affection

There is nothing more comforting than a kiss or a hug from someone you love and who loves you back. Don’t underestimate the power of giving and receiving affection from the people you spend time with every day.

Allow space for physical displays of affection and show your children how much you care about them.

Now that you know these habits of happy mothers, start putting them into practice and enjoying the results. Every day is a new chance to be a healthier and more emotionally fulfilled person, and these little actions will help.

Think about other things that will help make your life happier and more rewarding, too. However difficult the experience of being a mom can be, it will also bring enormous satisfaction.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.