If you’ve missed the previous posts to this series you can find them here:
How To Be A Happy Homemaker In 3 (Mostly) Easy Steps: Step 1
How To Be A Happy Homemaker In 3 (Mostly) Easy Steps: Step 2
The third easy step in becoming a happier homemaker is often overlooked even by the most experienced person, but it’s a necessary step to help keep you happier and even healthier.
Make time for yourself.
I know your world revolves around your children. And I know how hard it is sometimes to find some time for yourself. It’s very hard. But you have to do it. Not only for your sake but for your family’s sake as well.
Without time to yourself you are more likely to become run down, irritable and tired. You won’t be as patient with your babies or your spouse. You’re also doing yourself a huge disservice by not taking time to take care of yourself. To have a little decompression time.
Maybe the kids take a nap or have quiet time at the same time. Instead of catching up on housework why don’t you do something for YOU? Or maybe you are blessed to have a babysitter/family member that you can call on occasionally. Try to find a way to sneak in a few hours (or even minutes) of quiet time for yourself.
I’m very thankful that my mother has recently retired and now comes up to see us every couple of weeks so I can have a few hours to go and do whatever I want to do. Before that happened there were only two occasions that I had left my son (less than an hour each time) since he’s been born. That’s only been eight months, but eight months without a break can wear you down!
So I speak from experience when I say that you need to make some time for yourself.
Also, you need to take care of yourself. Your health — mentally, emotionally and physically — is important and you can’t put it on the back burner.
1) Get enough sleep. The average person needs 7 – 9 hours of sleep a day.
2) Eat balanced, nutritious meals. But don’t forget to splurge occasionally too.
3) Exercise regularly. Whether you need to lose weight or not, everyone needs to be fit.
4) Drink your water! Even mild dehydration causes headaches, lethargy and crankiness.
5) Have regular checkups with your doctor, dentist and eye doctor. Don’t put it off.
Spend a little time doing things you want to do. Maybe something that you haven’t been able to do in a while that you enjoy. Go ice skating. Read a book. Go shopping. Paint your nails. Go out for coffee with a friend. Do some scrapbooking. Go to the movies. Do some genealogy research. Paint. Knit. Play the piano. Take a nap.
I usually spend part of my alone time grocery shopping. Many people wouldn’t think that was enjoyable but I like it, especially when I’m by myself. I look forward to that time.
Just make some time for you to unwind and relax. Time when you don’t have to be “Mommy” and you can just be… you.
So there you have it, folks. Three relatively easy steps to become a happier you. There are countless other ways, of course, but this should be enough to get you started. 🙂 Good luck and have fun!!